President Donald Trump, who said he was never a fan of John McCain, said during a speech in a tank factory in Ohio that McCain's funeral needed his approval. But a spokesman for the Washington National Cathedral said that the church did not need Trump's approval.
The Washington National Cathedral in D.C. said that there was no need for the president to give approval to the funeral services held at the cathedral for the late Arizona Sen. John McCain.
President Donald Trump said during a speech in a tank factory in Ohio on Wednesday that the funeral needed his approval.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which, as president, I had to approve. I don’t care about this. I didn’t get ‘thank you,’ Trump said. “That’s OK. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
The cathedral said that funerals held on the grounds do not require presidential approval.
“All funerals and memorial services at the Cathedral are organized by the family of the deceased; only a state funeral for a former president involves consultation with government officials,” Washington National Cathedral spokesman Kevin Eckstrom said in a statement. “No funeral at the Cathedral requires the approval of the president or any other government official.”
McCain died in August 2018 after a battle with brain cancer. During the first year of Trump’s presidency, he and McCain feuded several times. The senator even returned from treatment for his brain cancer to vote “No” on the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing it in the Senate.