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Trudeau praises McCain as an 'American patriot and hero'

Trudeau praises McCain as an 'American patriot and hero'
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid Cindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE (R-Ariz.) as an “American patriot and hero” after the Republican lawmaker died Saturday at age 81.

“Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions,” Trudeau tweeted. “Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.”

President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE also paid tribute to McCain shortly after the senator’s death was announced.

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" Trump tweeted.

McCain, a giant of the Senate, died Saturday afternoon following a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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His family announced Friday that he had chosen to discontinue medical treatment for the cancer, saying the “progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age” had rendered “their verdict.”

McCain survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before rising to become a giant of the Senate and a leading actor on the political stage for decades.