Hatch apologizes to McCain for funeral comments

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump gambles in push for drug import proposal Biden's role in Anita Hill hearings defended by witness not allowed to testify 'Congress' worst tax idea ever'? Hardly. MORE (R-Utah) has sent Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Several factors have hindered 'next up' presidential candidates in recent years Small Florida county that backed Trump one of two targeted by Russians: reports MORE (R-Ariz.) a letter apologizing for saying it was "ridiculous" to not want President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE at his funeral.

"I've spoken out of turn. ... I shouldn't have said what I said," Hatch told reporters on Tuesday.

Asked if he had sent a letter to McCain apologizing for his remarks, Hatch confirmed that he had.


Hatch sparked a backlash on Monday when he told reporters that it was "ridiculous" McCain wanted Vice President Pence at his funeral instead of Trump.

"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 said.

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, has had a contentious relationship with Trump, who mocked him for being captured in the Vietnam War.

Meghan McCain hit back at Hatch during "The View" on Tuesday.

“I’d like everybody to take a collective breath and chill out on my dad for a second — especially Orrin Hatch,” the Arizona senator's daughter said. “Take many seats right now ... We’re all doing good and hanging in.”