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At the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, McCain's daughter Meghan struggled to hold back tears and spoke about the passing of "American greatness".

"It was a true honour to lead the Canadian delegation with Andrew Leslie to pay tribute to a great American and a true friend to Canada for his service", said Sajjan, adding that former cabinet minister Peter MacKay was also at the funeral.

Taking aim at Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again", she said McCain's America was always great.

Several people close to Mr. Trump also were in the audience for the ceremony, including his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, as well as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis. McCain was known for making many friends across party lines, but he was decidedly not friendly with President Donald Trump.

On Sunday, McCain will return to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for a private funeral and burial at the cemetery there.

"John called us on to be bigger than that".

And by design, McCain asked Obama and Bush to deliver eulogies while the family made clear that Trump was not welcome.

Every aspect of the senator's weeklong memorial carried political and personal significance, including his pall bearers Saturday.

McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies", while Trump said McCain was a "dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy.

Eulogizers, citing McCain's honor, courage, patriotic service, obstinacy, humor, reverence for freedom and contempt for bullies, presented the Arizona Republican as the personification of America itself.

John McCain's procession has made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the way to his service at Washington National Cathedral, and his wife, Cindy, has placed a wreath on the memorial.

Earlier Saturday, Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Republican, had alluded to Trump's slogan during her eulogy for her father, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25. Both men had denied McCain's presidential aspirations.

Obama also opened up about his behind-the-scenes relationship McCain and the bond they shared across party lines. Jeff Flake (R), which showed Obama and former President George W. Bush sitting next to one another at the funeral. "We're better than this".

"This week's celebration of the life and values and patriotism of this hero, I think have taken our country above all that", he said.

Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in USA politics for decades.

Bush described McCain as a man with a code. "Thank you", said Quyen Ngo, who was there with others who said they were children of Vietnamese political prisoners who were later helped to come to the U.S.

The two men's relationship remained rocky after the real estate mogul's surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. They have been volunteering with the National Park Service for decades and try to help veterans who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress to overcome their fears when they visit the wall. John McCain, the president tweeted familiar grievances and headed to the golf course.