UPDATE: Orrin Hatch’s office released a statement on Hatch’s comments, saying, “Senator Hatch spoke out of turn about Senator McCain’s status. He’s been pleased to hear reports that Senator McCain is in good spirits and hopes to see him back in Washington soon.”
On Monday, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch revealed that Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is not expected to return to the U.S. Senate.
Hatch made the revelation while giving his thoughts on McCain saying that he does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral.
Politico reported that Hatch indicated that “he does not expect McCain, who is battling brain cancer, to return to the Senate.”
“That’s what I’ve been told,” said the 84-year-old Hatch, who is serving in his final year in the Senate before retiring. “I don’t know. I hope he does, I hope he can.”
Hatch said that McCain should reconsider inviting Trump to his funeral, saying that McCain making a big spectacle out of making sure that Trump does not come is “ridiculous.”
“Well, he’s the president of the United States and he’s a very good man,” Hatch said. “But it’s up to [McCain].”
When asked if McCain should change his mind and invite Trump, Hatch replied: “I would.”