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Brennan: McCain's 'decency and respect toward others' should be 'shining example for all Americans'

Brennan: McCain's 'decency and respect toward others' should be 'shining example for all Americans'
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen Brennan50 former intelligence officials warn NY Post story sounds like Russian disinformation Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power Trump fires off dozens of tweets while recuperating at White House MORE praised Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump fights for battleground Arizona Flake cuts ad for Biden: 'Character' matters Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions MORE after the Arizona Republican's death, calling him a “man of tremendous courage, patriotism, and integrity.”

“A man of tremendous courage, patriotism, and integrity, Senator John McCain will be remembered by history as one of our country’s greatest heroes,” Brennan tweeted. “His life of service and his strong decency and respect toward others should serve as a shining example for all Americans.”

McCain, a giant in the Senate and former GOP presidential nominee who was respected by lawmakers and political leaders of both parties, died Saturday at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer.

Brennan, a frequent and harsh critic of the Trump administration, had his security clearance revoked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE earlier this month in a controversial move that was widely panned by dozens of current and former national intelligence officials.

Brennan praised McCain in an interview Friday while criticizing Republicans for not taking a stronger stance against Trump.

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"I got into some real donnybrook fights with John McCain over policy," Brennan told HBO host Bill Maher. "I never once questioned his integrity and his interest in doing what is best for this country."

“But since John McCain has left the Hill, the Republican spines have gone with him," he added. "And there needs to be some reckoning in the Republican Party, [because] we can't allow this to go on."

McCain was also a harsh critic of Trump, and reportedly did not want the current president to attend his funeral.

Trump, who frequently mocked McCain, even into his final weeks, lowered the White House flags to half-staff on Saturday following the news of McCain’s death.

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