Graham invited Ivanka Trump to McCain's funeral: report

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North MORE (R-S.C.), a close friend of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief R-E-S-P-E-C-T: One legacy of Franklin and McCain is up to us MORE (R-Ariz.), reportedly invited Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpEx-Trump, progressive strategists battle over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain MORE to McCain’s funeral in Washington on Saturday.

Graham invited Trump after she offered him her condolences this week during a meeting on Capitol Hill, The New York Times reported. A White House official who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity said Graham cleared Trump's invitation with McCain's wife, Cindy McCain.

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Before his death, McCain specifically requested Trump's father, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE, not be invited to attend his funeral.

McCain and the president frequently clashed during his administration and on the campaign trail prior to Trump's election.

Shortly after announcing his candidacy, Trump denounced McCain's service in the Vietnam War, famously saying "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." McCain was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years.

Trump also repeatedly lashed out at McCain for breaking with his party last year to vote against a GOP repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

McCain, in turn, criticized many of the president’s policies on foreign and domestic issues, as well as his rhetoric toward the media.

McCain died on Aug. 25 at age 81, a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was widely regarded as a "maverick" and "hero" by those across the political spectrum during his decades-long career as a senator.

The president tweeted about trade and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into possible ties between his campaign and Russia during McCain's funeral on Saturday morning. He spent Saturday afternoon at his golf club in Northern Virginia.