John McCain’s former presidential running mate Sarah Palin is not invited to the late senator’s funeral.
Friend of the McCain family and fundraiser, Carla Eudy, confirmed to PEOPLE that ‘invitations were not extended’ to the former Alaska governor to attend the funeral of the highly-praised politician and war hero who died last week of brain cancer at 81.
Palin joins President Trump on the list of politicians who did not make the guest list, while several other longtime staffers were removed from the invite list by Eudy in the days leading up to the service.
The news may come as a surprise to Palin, as she had nothing but praise for the late senator in a recent exclusive recent interview.
A source close to the McCain family reports: ‘My guess is, it came from Cindy,’ in regards to who ordered amendments the guest list.
‘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,’ they added.
McCain will be memorialized at a service in Phoenix on Thursday before his remains are taken to Washington D.C. On Friday, there will be a ceremony for him at the U.S. Capitol building, where he will lie in state.
His funeral service Saturday will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and he will be buried Sunday on Hospital Hill at Naval Academy Cemetery.
McCain’s funeral will take place at the National Cathedral with a parade of bold-faced names giving tributes and carrying his coffin.
His daughter Megan will give the first tribute.
She will be followed by former Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President George W. Bush, and former President Barack Obama.
Readings will be done by two of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate: Sen. Lindsay Graham and former Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
‘Two names you won’t see on the guest list: Trump and Palin,’ a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of funeral plans for McCain reveals.
In McCain’s memoir The Restless Wave, published in April, he revealed he wished he had chosen Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his VP instead of Palin.
However,Palin said that she was never aware of McCain’s sentiments.
The two had kept in touch over the years after their failed campaign despite their differences, Palin said.
‘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.’