Meghan McCain knocks Trump in father's eulogy: 'America was always great'

Meghan McCain took several swipes at President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE during a fiery eulogy on Saturday honoring her father, the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: 'This is not the person I used to know' MORE (R-Ariz.).

"America does not boast because she does not have need to. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great," McCain said to applause at Washington National Cathedral.

"The America of John McCain is the America of the boys who rushed the colors in every war across three centuries knowing that in them is the life of the republic," she said during the emotional address.

"John McCain was defined by love," she said, speaking to his role as a father, husband, military servant and longtime U.S. senator.

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"Love defined my father," she said. "I miss him so badly."

"Dad, I love you. I always have."

McCain, the co-host of ABC's "The View," spoke as a smattering of lawmakers and public figures gathered at the funeral service Saturday, including Trump's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Ivanka Trump's women's initiative unveils million in new grants The Hill's Morning Report - House Democrats clash over next steps at border MORE and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Judiciary issues blitz of subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions, Trump associates House Judiciary to vote to authorize subpoenas for Trump officials, immigration documents MORE.

Trump himself was not invited to John McCain's funeral service. The president and Arizona senator had a fraught relationship, with Trump saying of McCain during the 2016 presidential race, "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

Meghan McCain recognized her father by telling attendees Saturday that "we gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness."

"The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege," she added.