Donald Trump’s closest friends and allies are angry about the treatment of the president and his family at John McCain’s funeral service, including complaining Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were seated too far in the back of the Washington National Cathedral.
Trump’s friends are fuming after the tributes to McCain contained some pointed criticism to the president.
There is also anger at the fact Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were at the service – and where they sat in the huge Washington National Cathedral, which can seat about 4,000 people.
“It was a very nice gesture by Jared and Ivanka to attend,” Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg told Politico. “I find it contemptible that the McCain family couldn’t seat them in a better, more respectable section.”
Screen shots of the service show the couple were seated in the same section as the former presidents and first ladies, a few rows back from the front.
The president’s daughter and son-in-law entered the cathedral on Saturday morning shortly before McCain’s funeral service began.
Ivanka Trump was spotting hugging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain’s best friend in the Senate who invited the couple to the service.
Graham cleared the invite with Cindy McCain, The New York Times reported. He invited Ivanka Trump after she offered him her condolences during a meeting on Capitol Hill last week.
He said it was Ivanka Trump’s kind words on McCain that got the family’s attention.
“Earlier in the week, I met with Ivanka about a trip we’re planning in Africa. Ivanka said some very nice things about Sen. McCain after his passing. It was not unnoticed by the family,’ he said. ‘I’m hoping that Cindy, who has done terrific work for human trafficking of women and all things related to that issue, can work with Ivanka and others because that’s her life’s work.”
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, who gave a eulogy at McCain’s funeral, said neither member of the couple complained of any veiled shots at the president.
“They felt that the whole service was a great tribute to McCain and elevating,” Lieberman said. “Hopefully everybody is elevated by what happened there in the cathedral yesterday and the whole week, and will take some of this forward with us and make the country better.”
But other Trump allies were upset Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were at the service all given the slams against the president.
One person told Politico their attendance a “huge mistake.”
Ivanka seemed bored at the funeral, as she was caught texting during the service: