The Update – Senator McCain- Obituaries, Tributes and his link with Malta

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The first visit took place in 2008 when what then was described as “former Republican presidential hopeful John McCain (together with US Senator Joe Lieberman)” visited Malta on their way back to the United States following a visit to Afghanistan.

A report on The Malta Independent  said “accompanied by US Ambassador to Malta Molly Bordonaro, the Senators met Dr Gonzi and other senior government officials at Auberge de Castille, Dr Gonzi and Senator McCain discussed bilateral relations between Malta and the US, the situation in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the US relations with the European Union. Dr Gonzi also spoke about his meetings with outgoing US President George W. Bush and the government’s plans to restore heritage sites such as Fort St Angelo after Senator McCain mentioned his visit to the fort earlier on.”

The other visit took place when Senator McCain stopped in Malta on his way to Libya on September 28th 2011.

Then, Mr McCain told The Times that in a meeting with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi the two sides discussed ways in which the two countries could “work cooperatively” to help Libya.

A report on The Times of Malta in 2011 reveals that then Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi revealed this evening that it was he who suggested to US Senator John McCain that the US could deploy a hospital ship to Malta to help injured Libyan fighters.

The report added  that McCain said that given that they don’t have the medical expertise and talent to take care of these people. There are amputees there. McCain said providing aid to the injured in the conflict was the least the US government should do, with Libya in the final throes of a months-long battle to end more than four decades of Gaddafi’s dictatorial rule.

He suggested some of the wounded could be sent to a US military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and that an American hospital ship should be sent to Tripoli, or if not Malta. “We can help them. They don’t have the medical capability to care for all of these wounded. More are still coming in,” McCain told CBS.

Dr Gonzi was reported saying that that when he suggested to Sen McCain that the US Navy could deploy a hospital ship to Malta, the senator liked the idea and asked if the proposal could be made in writing. The proposal was made as requested.

On January 16th, Mc Cain, referred to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder in an op-ed he wrote on the Washington Post about the role of free media and in its defence from Trump’s constant attacks. In his article, back in January, McCain said “In Malta, a prominent journalist (Daphne Caruana Galizia) was brutally murdered in October after uncovering systemic government corruption.”


In the meantime here are some of the obituaries written about McCain.

The Guardian – Patriotic senator and Republican presidential candidate admired for his bravery as a prisoner in Hanoi, and for his readiness to speak truth to power.

BBC –  John McCain was the Vietnam war hero who became one of America’s most high-profile politicians. His brand of common-sense conservatism often saw him clash with his Republican allies and he was a fierce critic of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Financial Times –  John McCain was born to fight. He did so in the skies and fields of war, in Vietnam, and in politics, soaring to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2008. His death robs America of one of its most distinctive public servants of the last half century.

New York Times – He had principles, and he had flaws, from time to time betraying those principles — most grievously in the 2008 presidential campaign. But in a Senate mostly devoid of the kind of commanding figures who once roamed its halls, he was a rare bird. And he could surprise you.

POLITICO – But it was his trademark rebellious streak and tell-it-like-it-is bluntness that made McCain one of the most popular figures inside Congress and a favorite of reporters, who knew they could always count on him for a good quote or irreverent joke.

Al Jazeera – John McCain: Hero at home, hawk in Middle East

PolitcusUSA : John McCain was the last Republican who understood that good politics is about compromise, and without it, you’re left with tyranny. It takes two wings for a bird or an airplane to fly and ultimately it takes two wings for a policy to be sustained.

Presidential Tributes

Long-time critic Donald Trump was one of the first to send condolences on Twitter.

The US President has in recent days been criticised for not mentioning his former colleague’s deteriorating health.

His wife of 38 years , Cindy also paid tribute, writing: “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.” My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.

The Obama Family, wrote “Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the courage that he did,” wrote former President Obama. “Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.”

Describing him as a “true patriot,” the US Naval air force posted a picture of Mr McCain  during his time as a Navy pilot.

His daughter Meghan McCain paid a touching tribute to her father with a statement on Twitter in which she said  “he was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long.”

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In a released statement former US President George W. Bush said of Senator John McCain “Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled.
“John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. And to me, he was a friend whom i’ll deeply miss.”Laura I send our heartfelt sympathies to Cindy and the entire McCain family, and our thanks to God for the life of John McCain.”
Another former US President, Jimmy Carter also issued a statement on his death, writing: “John McCain was a man of honour, a true patriot in the best sense of the word. Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate. “Rosalynn and I extend our sincere condolences to Senator McCain’s family and to the people of Arizona whom he represented so forthrightly for so many years.”

Bill Clinton said that John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution, and from his heroic service in the Navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day.

Hillary Clinton wrote McCain lived a life of service to his country, from his heroism in the Navy to 35 years in Congress. He was a tough politician, a trusted colleague, and there will simply never be another like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Cindy and his entire family.

Sarah Palin, who ran as VP candidate in McCain’s bid for President. wrote today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life – and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.

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