John McCain: Leaders, Politicians and Friends Share Tributes on Day After His Death

International leaders, political opponents, prominent businessmen, friends and family have all shared warm tributes to John McCain, who died on Saturday at the age of 81.

The leaders of Canada and France shared their sentiments on Saturday.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called McCain "an American patriot and hero."

Senator John McCain was an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions. Canadians join Americans tonight in celebrating his life and mourning his passing.

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 26, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron hailed the senator for devoting "his entire life to his country."

John McCain was a true American hero. He devoted his entire life to his country. His voice will be missed. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 26, 2018

Former President Barack Obama, who ran against McCain in 2007, alluded to the senator's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam in his tribute. He said: "Few of us have been tested the way John once was…but all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own."

Our statement on the passing of Senator John McCain:

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 26, 2018

"John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order," former President George W. Bush, who ran against McCain in the 2000 Republican presidential primary, said in a statement.

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska who ran alongside the senator as his vice presidential pick in 2007, said she'd "remember the good times," sharing a photo of them campaigning together.

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 and family

— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) August 26, 2018

The Clintons both tweeted their condolences as well. Former President Bill Clinton said McCain "believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our Constitution." Hillary Clinton, who served with McCain in the Senate, said: "There will simply never be another like him."

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.

— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) August 26, 2018

.@SenJohnMcCain 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.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2018

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences in lieu of a formal White House statement. Many were quick to point out the president's often callous remarks about the ailing senator. As recently as last Tuesday, Trump took aim at McCain at a political rally in West Virginia.

My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018

Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates called McCain's death a "loss for our country."

My thoughts are with John McCain's family, friends, and colleagues. His passing is a loss for our country.

— Bill Gates (@BillGates) August 26, 2018

McCain's family members shared their thoughts as well. McCain's wife, Cindy, said she was "lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years." Daughter Meghan said: "All that I am is thanks to him."

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.

— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018

I love you forever - my beloved father @SenJohnMcCain

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 26, 2018

The U.S. Naval Air Forces shared a photo of the senator from his days serving with the military branch during the Vietnam War. "A man who served his country up until his last days...a true patriot and American hero," the caption said.

A man who served his country up until his last days...a true patriot and American hero. RIP, John Sidney McCain III. #selflessness #service #hero #FlyNavy

— flynavy (@flynavy) August 26, 2018

"Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018," McCain's office said in a statement Saturday. "With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years."

He had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, following a procedure to remove a blood clot in July 2017.