Report: Hatch calls McCain request that Trump not attend his funeral 'ridiculous'

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese Trump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom MORE (R-Utah) said on Monday that it is “ridiculous” for Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCummings to lie in state at the Capitol Elizabeth Warren should concern Donald Trump 'bigly' Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE (R-Ariz.) to request President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE not attend his funeral.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Hatch said, adding that he hopes McCain reconsiders his request, Politico reporter Burgess Everett reported.

Hatch's comments would represent the first criticism from a GOP colleague of McCain's reported decision to not have Trump attend his funeral. 

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Hatch said it was up to McCain whether to invite Trump, but said if he were in McCain's position, he would invite the president.

"Well, he's the president of the United States and he's a very good man. But it's up to [McCain]. I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral," he told Politico.

McCain is undergoing treatment for brain cancer and has not been in the Senate this year. The New York Times reported on Saturday that McCain does not want Trump at his funeral and requested Vice President Pence attend instead. 

Trump and McCain have repeatedly battled since the then-GOP presidential candidate in 2015 insulted the Arizona senator by saying he preferred war heroes who were not captured. McCain endured years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Last year McCain foiled Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leading Trump to call out the senator at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.

In his recently finished memoir, "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations," McCain criticizes the president for caring more about "the appearance of toughness" than American values. 

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCombatting fake news on social media will take a village Is Trudeau on the verge of a shocking reversal of fortune? Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE are expected to deliver eulogies at McCain’s funeral, according to NBC News.