Political world reacts on Sen. John McCain’s passing


WASHINGTON: Tribute, thoughts, and condolences pour in from around the world for famed US Senator John McCain of Arizona, who died Saturday at age 81, of glioblastoma — an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Long-time Republican was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma in July 2017. He had also undergone surgery in mid-April for an intestinal infection.

US President Donald Trump wrote: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain.

“Our hearts and prayers are with you,” he added.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he and his wife were “saddened to learn of the untimely loss of a great American hero, Senator John McCain.

“His valour comes second only to his service and dedication to family and country.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote: “John McCain was a great statesman, who embodied the idea of service over self. It was an honour to call him a friend of the UK. My deepest sympathies go to his family, and the American people.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said: “John McCain was a true American hero. He devoted his entire life to his country. His voice will be missed. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrote: “John McCain – soldier and senator, American and Atlanticist. He will be remembered both in Europe and North America for his courage and character, and as a strong supporter of NATO. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “Senator John McCain was a true friend of Australia who was committed to strengthening the alliance between our two nations. He was a man of great courage and conviction. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Cindy, and all the McCain family during this time.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “John McCain was guided by the firm conviction that the value of all political work could be found in serving freedom, democracy and the rule of law. His death is a loss for all who share that conviction.”


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