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Thousands queued on a scorching hot day in Phoenix, Arizona, to pay their respects to the late Senator John McCain, who died last Saturday, as his body lay in state in the desert city.

Friday's events in the Capitol will feature remarks by fellow Republicans Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, marking McCain's 35-year career in Congress.

The senator's body will lie in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday before being transported to Maryland for a private service at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Sunday. Family, friends, lawmakers and guests gathered in the vast Rotunda for a memorial service. "I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them", he wrote.

Halfway through his speech, Biden spoke forcefully as he said politics weren't the most important to McCain, it was the underlying values that mattered.

The Trump-McCain relationship left little room for that.

Family members, friends, supporters and other admirers of John McCain will have more opportunities to give the late senator a proper-send off before he is buried this weekend.

In 1999, Trump downplayed McCain's military service and suggested he was considered an American hero only because he was captured and held as a prisoner of war for five years in Vietnam.

Watch a livestream from the U.S. Capitol.

Tributes paid in Vietnam to ex-prisoner of war John McCain
Even after Congress adopted the code on Flag Day June 14, 1923 they have become akin to guidelines and can not elicit punishment. McCain was a frequent critic of President Donald Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy.

Trump is not scheduled to attend the funeral services.

McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer, though Trump has professed repeatedly his affinity and admiration for Russian President, Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Trump was confident he honored McCain appropriately, days after the White House flag was lowered to half-staff, raised to full-staff, then lowered again in what was perhaps the most telling sign of strained relations between the two.

Earlier, the hearse bearing McCain's coffin was greeted outside the statehouse by National Guard troops, military veterans, law enforcement officers and firefighters, all in dress uniform and standing at attention as they saluted.

Biden ended his tribute by reflecting on McCain's impact.

Former Vice President Joe Biden honored his longtime friend and former colleague, Senator John McCain, at a funeral Wednesday in a touching tribute to their friendship and to McCain's love of his country.

The former vice president recalled that McCain spent his final day on the Senate floor trying to restore order.

At the end of the almost 90-minute ceremony, McCain's casket was wheeled out of the church to "My Way", in tribute to a politician known for following his own path. John McCain would have been a better president than former President Barack Obama.


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