Meghan McCain Glares At Vice President Mike Pence During Her Father's Funeral

  • Meghan McCain Glares At Vice President Mike Pence During Her Father's Funeral

Meghan McCain Glares At Vice President Mike Pence During Her Father's Funeral

Vice President Mike Pence lavishly praised the "lifetime of service" of the late senator John McCain during a speech Thursday to a veterans' group that had criticized President Donald Trump this week for not immediately issuing a proclamation to lower US flags in the senator's honor.

As of Friday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly in Vermont.

In opening his speech, Pence said, "The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation, to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life".

"It is deeply humbling to stand before you today at the United States Capitol to commemorate the life and service of an American patriot", Pence said.

The mere mention of the president irked many on Twitter, given McCain had banned Donald Trump from attending his funeral.

And Sen. Patrick Leahy said that he is glad Pence and his wife are able to visit "the most attractive state in the country, & I hope they enjoy their time in VT".

"John McCain served his country and John McCain served his country honorably".

"In every generation, there are those who put country first, who prize service ahead of self, who summon idealism from a cynical age", Pence added. Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak during the ceremony.

The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as the rest of McCain's farewell tour, which began in Arizona after he died August 25 from brain cancer and stretched to Washington.

Besides Pence, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway was also in attendance at Friday's ceremony.

McCain will lie in state at the US Capitol for the remainder of the day and the public will be invited to view his casket.

The White House came under fire two days after McCain's death when flags were raised to full-staff, while the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings remained at half-staff.

Pence praised McCain's service during the Vietnam War, during which he was captured and tortured after refusing early release.

At that point during his remarks, Meghan McCain's eyes appeared to snap on Pence, in a move some users identified as "side-eye".