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

Meghan McCain took several swipes at President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE during a fiery eulogy on Saturday honoring her father, the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSmearing presidential election will turn off young voters and undermine democracy Choking — not cheating — was Trump's undoing Gabby Giffords congratulates Mark Kelly with throwback photo of her own swearing-in 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 TrumpDC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign Ivanka Trump slams lawsuit as example of 'vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars' MORE and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMary Trump doesn't think Trump will run in 2024 Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign Enforcing the Presidential Records Act is essential for preserving our democracy's transparency, history 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.