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Former President Barack Obama lauded John McCain's efforts to push the nation to rise above "mean and petty" politics in his tribute Saturday to the Arizona Republican, who served for more than three decades in the Senate.

Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father, Sen.

"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great", McCain said.

"MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" the president tweeted around 7 p.m. ET.

Top members of Trump's administration, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, attended, as did White House chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton.

McCain was a decorated veteran who was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. "What better way to honor John McCain than follow his example".

Although he was not mentioned by name, some of the comments had a subtext that was clear, such as when Meghan McCain said, during her eulogy, "America does not boast because she does not have need to".

Every aspect of the senator's weeklong memorial carried political and personal significance, including his pall bearers Saturday.

President Donald Trump's motorcade arrives at his golf course in Sterling, Va.

Bush, a Republican, and Obama, a Democrat, spoke during the service at McCain's request.

McCain's family had made clear that Trump was not welcome at memorial services in Arizona and Washington or at Sunday's private burial service in Annapolis, Maryland, at the US Naval Academy.

But unfortunately, today she mourns her own child, who died of brain cancer last Saturday at the age of 81.

Bush remembered McCain in his remarks as "above all, a man with a code", saying that "he lived by a set of public virtues that brought strength and objective to his life and to his country". McCain will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who passed away in 2014.

Among the tributes - including from former McCain rivals and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama - was an emotional remembrance from McCain's daughter Meghan that included several pointed and unmistakable references to Trump. Following after Bush, Obama said John McCain "made us better presidents". "He called on us to be better than that".

He had been routinely criticised over his military record by the U.S. president, who spent some time ahead of the service tweeting out a series of long-standing grievances about the news media, Canada and the Justice Department.

"This week's celebration of the life and values and patriotism of this hero, I think have taken our country above all that", said former Sen.

Trump and McCain's contentious relationship worsened after the self-described "maverick" voted down a bill that would have repealed large swaths of Obama's Affordable Care Act.

When it comes to McCain's time as a prisoner of war, Bush said he "loved freedom with the passion of a man who knew its absence".

An honor guard team carries the flag-draped casket bearing John McCain from at the National Cathedral, Saturday.

"Back", McCain wrote on the last page of his recent memoir, "where it began".

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