Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls McCain 'American Hero,' says she will 'absolutely' attend funeral

Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls McCain 'American Hero,' says she will 'absolutely' attend funeral
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday called Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJames Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Conservative activist wins contest to represent New Hampshire at Republican National Convention Schiff shows clip of McCain in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Ariz.) an American hero and said she would definitely attend the senator’s funeral.

“Absolutely,” Sanders said when a TMZ reporter asked her if she would attend the Senate giant's funeral.

“He was an American hero,” Sanders continued, calling McCain’s death Saturday evening “a great loss for our country.”

Sanders’s comments came after President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE reportedly nixed plans for a White House statement praising McCain, instead issuing a more neutral tweet of condolences.

The president had previously said that McCain, who survived torture in a North Vietnamese POW camp, is not a war hero.

After facing criticism of his response, the president on Monday somewhat changed his tone on the late senator. 

After the White House re-lowered the flag to half-mast on Monday afternoon, Trump issued a new statement saying that despite "difference on policy and politics" he respects McCain's "service to our country" and stating he has asked Vice President Pence to deliver remarks at a ceremony on Friday.

Unlike Sanders, the president has confirmed he will not be attending McCain’s funeral.