Graham, Lieberman praise Meghan McCain eulogy that included swipes at Trump

Graham, Lieberman praise Meghan McCain eulogy that included swipes at Trump
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser MORE (R-S.C.) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) on Sunday praised Meghan McCain's eulogy of her father, which included swipes at President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE.

Graham and Lieberman, two close friends and longtime colleagues of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief R-E-S-P-E-C-T: One legacy of Franklin and McCain is up to us MORE (R-Ariz.), expressed pride in Meghan McCain's remarks at a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday.

Graham said he was "totally OK" with McCain's remarks, during which she declared "America is already great" and condemned "cheap rhetoric."

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"She’s a beautiful, talented young lady. She is her father’s daughter. If you say something bad about her dad you will know it," Graham said. "She was grieving for the father she adored."

Lieberman, meanwhile, called himself a "very proud uncle" after listening to McCain's speech.

"She’s grieving, and yet by the nature of his life, she’s called on to make a very public, global statement," Lieberman said. "But she did it, and she did it magnificently."

Lieberman complimented McCain on her directness, saying it reminded him of her father's style.

Lieberman and Graham were among dozens of current and former officials from across party lines who attended Saturday's memorial service for John McCain. Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush delivered eulogies at the event, while Trump visited his golf course.

The senator died on Aug. 25 at age 81, a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Even after he returned to Arizona for treatment, he remained one of Trump's sharpest critics.

The two men had an icy relationship, which extended past McCain's death.

Trump endured criticism last week after he waited nearly 48 hours to issue a proclamation recognizing McCain's death and ordering flags be lowered to half-staff. He eventually issued a statement expressing "respect" for the late senator's service.