Jake Tapper: McCain not wanting Trump at his funeral is ‘real moment for the country’

CNN’s Jake Tapper is weighing in on a New York Times report that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainArizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ Trump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief MORE (R-Ariz.) doesn’t want President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE at his funeral, calling it a “real moment for the country.”

“This is a real moment for the country where an American hero, somebody who is beloved in many, many ways, is saying, ‘I don’t want this guy at my funeral,’” Tapper said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

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The Times reported Saturday that McCain's inner circle has communicated to the White House that the senator would like Vice President Pence to attend his eventual funeral at the Washington National Cathedral, but not Trump.

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksTrump Jr., Dem congressman spar over Ellison's association with Farrakhan Ocasio-Cortez tiptoes into Washington New Dem star to rattle DC establishment MORE (D-N.Y.) said during a panel discussion on Tapper's CNN show that McCain is “known for being honest, just the opposite of Donald Trump."

“I wouldn’t expect anything to be different for Mr. McCain, Sen. McCain, now. He is not going to be a hypocrite. He does not believe that Donald Trump represents the kind of moral authority the president of the United States should represent for our country,” Meeks said.

And conservative commentator and HLN host S.E. Cupp, who is close friends with McCain’s daughter Meghan, added that McCain is “not a sellout.”

“I think having President Trump, just because he’s the president, just speak on his behalf or eulogize him or memorialize him is selling out,” Cupp said.

“And Sen. McCain — I say this not just as his daughter’s best friend but as a Republican who supported him — Sen. McCain is everything that President Trump is not,” Cupp continued. “In every way that you discussed, in every way you imagine.”

McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and is undergoing treatment.