Sarah Palin, John McCain's 2008 presidential running mate, has not been invited to his funeral
Carla Eudy, a fundraiser, and a friend of the McCain family told People magazine that both President Donald Trump and Palin were not invited to the funeral.
Sarah Palin - late Senator John McCain's former presidential running mate — has not been invited to his funeral service.
In a conversation with People, Carla Eudy, a friend of the McCain family and fundraiser, said that invitations to attend the funeral of the politician and war hero who died last week of brain cancer "were not extended" to the former Alaska governor.
In the days leading up to the service, several longtime staffers, along with President Trump and Palin, were removed from the guest list by Eudy. However, in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail, Palin had nothing but praise for McCain.
Speaking to People, a source close to the McCain family said that it might have been Cindy who ordered changes to the invitations.
"She is very protective of John's memory and legacy. She's also a grieving widow. I think she wants to get through this as best she can," the source added.
McCain's remains will be taken to Washington D.C. after he is memorialized at a service in Phoenix on Thursday. The following day will see a ceremony for him at the US Capitol building, where he will lie in state.
On Saturday, his funeral service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. followed by his burial on Hospital Hill at Naval Academy Cemetery on Sunday.
A number of prominent names will be giving tributes and carrying McCain's coffin as his funeral takes place at the National Cathedral.
Megan, his daughter, will commence with her tribute, followed by Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President George W. Bush, and former President Barack Obama.
But "two names you won't see on the guest list: Trump and Palin," according to a Capitol Hill insider who spoke to the newspaper.
John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 26, 2018
- Sarah Palin and family pic.twitter.com/KRvcIQ99cA
However, Palin told Daily Mail that she and McCain had kept in touch for years after their failed campaign despite their differences.
"We've always had great conversations — and we've been able to agree to disagree, certainly on political issues. He was gracious in those situations too where he knew that I wanted more domestic oil development in certain areas. He hadn't. But when we talk about it we can see each other's point of view, and I'm not giving an inch on it, and he wasn't giving an inch on it, but we got along anyway."
Although there were several ups and downs, the Palins said they will remember McCain for his "big heart" and his dedication towards his family.
Right after the news of his death, the former Alaska governor tweeted:
"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,' she wrote. 'John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family."