Will Melania Attend McCain's Funeral?

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August 30, 2018Aug 30, 2018

On Saturday, August 25, Arizona Senator John McCain passed away. The 81-year-old had been battling a rare form of brain cancer, and his family announced days earlier that he would be discontinuing treatment. 

While it has been confirmed that President Trump will not be attending McCain's funeral, people are still wondering if Melania will attend. The answer is unclear.

Responding to the speculation, a White House spokesperson for the first lady told PEOPLE, “We have made no announcements, so any reports you are seeing did not come from our office.”

So while CNN ran a headline saying that Melania won't be attending, that's not technically true. No statement, either way, has been released, and they were only extrapolating off a source who said only Vice President Mike Pence will attend.

“Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family,” Mrs. Trump, 48, tweeted after Sen. McCain died of brain cancer at the age of 81 on Saturday. “Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation.”

This would not be the first time that Melania has attended the funeral of a public figure without her husband. She attended First Lady Barbara Bush's funeral in Houston, Texas, on her own.

Funeral plans for McCain were announced on Monday. According to ABC News, the ceremony will start in Arizona and then move to the National Cathedral. 

The first part of the funeral will be Wednesday, August 29, McCain's body will reportedly lie at the Arizona State Capitol. A private ceremony will be held before the public are allowed in from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to pay their respects. 

On Thursday, August 30, McCain's memorial service will take place at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Vice President Joe Biden will reportedly be one of the eulogists at the ceremony. After the service, a motorcade will head to the airport where McCain's body will be flown to Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C. 

On Friday, August 31, Senator McCain's body lies at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda so that the public can say goodbye to the war hero. A service will take place there at around 10 a.m. On Saturday, September 1, a motorcade will head from the Capitol building to the National Cathedral. After arriving at the National Cathedral, Former President George W. Bush will give a eulogy. Other eulogists have been reported but have not yet been confirmed.  Finally, on Sunday, September 2, he will be laid to rest in a private burial service will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. 

Other former presidents will be attending the funeral. As mentioned, George W. Bush will be giving a eulogy. Former VP Biden will also reportedly give a eulogy. According to NBC, former presidents Barack Obama was also asked to be eulogists at the service.

Trump may just be following the former senator's wishes. McCain allegedly wanted Vice President Mike Pence to attend his funeral instead of President Donald Trump.

Please continue to pray for Senator John McCain's family during this difficult time. It is always tough to lay a loved one to rest.