US Senator John McCain 'not expected' to return to work

Sen. John McCain showing 'maverick' spirit even as he battles brain cancer

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On Monday, Hatch critiqued McCain for his exclusion of the President, calling Trump a "very good man".

McCain has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for almost a year.

"I think it's ridiculous", Hatch was quoted as saying by Politico.

Hatch added that he did not expect McCain to return to the Senate, but later retracted that remark, through a spokesman, who said that Hatch "spoke out of turn about Senator McCain's status".

According to a report by New York Times, the Arizona Republican requested that instead of the president, he would like Vice President Mike Pence to come instead. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) speaks with reporters outside a Judiciary Committee hearing April 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Co-host and unabashed liberal Joy Behar noted that Hatch "used to be mentally stable", but now it seems "he says insane stuff". In addition to judicial nominations, the committee was expected to discuss legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. "I've known great passions, seen awesome wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace", McCain says.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump remarkably said this about the senator: "He's not a war hero".

Hatch said it was up to McCain whether to invite Trump, but said if he were in McCain's position, he would invite the president. "I like people that weren't captured".

"To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of global leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other exhausted dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history", McCain said.

He also reportedly sent McCain a letter of apology.

Recently, Trump opted not to attend the funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush due to security concerns.

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