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 McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote 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 John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown 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.