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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 GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike 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 TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE.

Graham and Lieberman, two close friends and longtime colleagues of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainColbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon Five reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign 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.