McCain died Saturday from an aggressive form of brain cancer. In just one recent example, The Washington Post reported that Kelli Ward, a US Senate hopeful in Arizona and rival of McCain's, suggested that Friday's announcement that McCain was halting medical treatment for his brain cancer was timed to hurt her campaign. He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April.
Short said he personally considers McCain "an American hero who served our country nobly". Trump had previously merely issued condolences to McCain's family via Twitter.
"I've said again and again to pray for Senator McCain & his family", Ward wrote.
Ward acknowledged that she and McCain, whom she had challenged in the 2016 Republican primary, "held different political views on many, many things - on domestic policy, foreign policy, and of course, on President Trump".
He spoke near McCain's desk in the Senate, which has been draped in black and adorned with white roses in his honor.
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Two days after Senator McCain's death, Mr Trump said he respected the senator's "service to our country" and had signed a proclamation to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until his burial. McCain's final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The tributes followed the perceived snub when the White House flag returned to full staff on Monday, following McCain's Saturday death, only to returned to half-staff later in the afternoon.
"John McCain had his office just right near mine in the Russell building", said Flake.
Obama said the two political opponents "saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world". "These were bitter contests, both of them", Sen. "Senator John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs".
Senator McCain will be eulogized by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden. "McCain", AMVETS tweeted. "He was a war hero, twice a presidential contender, and a national treasure who devoted his entire adult life to protecting and improving the American way of life". Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered. His significance went well beyond his own country".
Mr Trump also attacked the senator, saying he became a notable Vietnam War veteran because he was captured. We can honor his legacy by working to return decency and dignity to our politics and fighting every single day for the democracy we love.