Report: Hatch calls McCain request that Trump not attend his funeral ‘ridiculous’

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRomney praises Trump’s first year in office: It’s similar to things ‘I’d have done’ Overnight Finance: House chairman eases demands on Dodd-Frank rollback | White House economist dismisses trade war fears | Unemployment claims at 48-year low | State AGs want new hearing on Obama financial adviser rule Overnight Cybersecurity: DHS chief eyes new ways to bolster cyber workforce | Dems grill Diamond and Silk | Senate panel approves bill to protect Mueller | Two-thirds of agencies using email fraud tool MORE (R-Utah) said on Monday that it is “ridiculous” for Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump CIA nominee offered to withdraw: report Dems push to restore net neutrality rules GOP faces internal battle over changing Senate rules MORE (R-Ariz.) to request President TrumpDonald John TrumpBaldwin spotlights mother’s drug addiction, efforts to combat opioid abuse in ad Giuliani says he’s ‘focused on the law more than the facts right now’ Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on US voter MORE not attend his funeral.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Hatch said, adding that he hopes McCain reconsiders his request, Politico reporter Burgess Everett reported.

Hatch’s comments would represent the first criticism from a GOP colleague of McCain’s reported decision to not have Trump attend his funeral. 

Hatch said it was up to McCain whether to invite Trump, but said if he were in McCain’s position, he would invite the president.

“Well, he’s the president of the United States and he’s a very good man. But it’s up to [McCain]. I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral,” he told Politico.

McCain is undergoing treatment for brain cancer and has not been in the Senate this year. The New York Times reported on Saturday that McCain does not want Trump at his funeral and requested Vice President Pence attend instead. 

Trump and McCain have repeatedly battled since the then-GOP presidential candidate in 2015 insulted the Arizona senator by saying he preferred war heroes who were not captured. McCain endured years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Last year McCain foiled Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leading Trump to call out the senator at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.

In his recently finished memoir, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations,” McCain criticizes the president for caring more about “the appearance of toughness” than American values. 

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCarville: Clinton unlikely to run again but she’s ‘always gotten the most votes’ Michelle Obama says she’s not running for office The Republican Senate and rushed judicial confirmations MORE are expected to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral, according to NBC News.

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