Graham: Ivanka Trump's 'very nice' comments about McCain 'not unnoticed by the family'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Simone wins bronze with altered beam routine The job of shielding journalists is not finished The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics MORE's "very nice" comments about the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' MORE (R-Ariz.) were "not unnoticed by the family" when explaining why she and her husband, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBlack community group loses bid to acquire downtown LA Mall despite highest offer Kushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 MORE, were invited to McCain's memorial service on Saturday. 

Graham on CNN's "State of the Union" denied reports that he had invited White House senior advisers Trump and Kushner, saying "nobody was at that funeral that did not get invited by the family." But he said the McCain family appreciated Trump's tribute to the Senate giant after his death last week.


"Earlier in the week, I met with Ivanka about her trip we’re planning in Africa," Graham said. "Ivanka said some very nice things about Sen. McCain after his passing. It was not unnoticed by the family."

"If you wanted to invite everybody that loved John McCain, you could have filled up Yankee stadium," added Graham, McCain's longtime friend. 

Graham went on to say that he is trying to connect Trump and McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, over their shared interest in women's issues.

"I’m hoping that Cindy, who has done terrific work for human trafficking of women and all things related to that issue, can work with Ivanka and others because that’s her life’s work and maybe these two can work together to help women who are in desperate straits," Graham said. "I think both of them would like to do that and I’d like to help them to the extent I could."

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who was so close with the Republican senators that the trio was referred to as the "Three Amigos," added that he spoke to Trump and Kushner after the funeral and they had "no complaints" about the implicit references to and commentary about President Trump throughout the ceremony. 

"I thanked them, as John’s friend," Lieberman said on CNN. "It meant a lot. At the end, I spoke to them too and there were no complaints. They felt that the whole service was a great tribute to him." 

Ivanka Trump on Monday said the U.S. is "united in its grief" at the death of McCain, calling him a "true hero." 

President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE was not invited to McCain's funeral and did not attend. The two had an antagonistic relationship as Trump continued to publicly mock McCain in the final months of his life.