Cindy said she was heartbroken by the death of an "incredible man". Trump retorted that the senator was "not a war hero" and referred to McCain's years as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese by saying: "I like people who weren't captured".
His wife Cindy said her husband died on "his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved". And McCain? McCain was a hero whether you liked some of his approach is or not.
Earlier this summer, Mr McCain issued a blistering statement criticising Mr Trump's meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Before accepting the award, McCain sat down with CBS3's Jessica Dean to talk about his decades of public service, his health and why he wakes up everyday grateful.
The nation's largest veterans' service organization urged Trump in a statement Monday to follow longtime protocol following the deaths of prominent government officials.
The Arizona Republican is suffering from brain cancer and has discontinued medical treatment.
The secretary of defence said the USA had "lost a man who steadfastly represented the best ideals of our country".
Besides being portrayed by Ed Harris is HBO's award winning 2012 Game Change film, which profiled the 2008 Presidential race and the choice of Sarah Palin, played by Julianne Moore, the Arizona Senator played himself in a number of series and films.
President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the family of Sen.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who shared McCain's experience of running against Barack Obama as the Republican presidential nominee, said McCain "defined a life of honor".
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening, "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain".
But McCain did not back down.
"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can", Meghan wrote.
The Philippines on Sunday paid tribute to United States Sen.
A police escort accompanied the hearse that carried his body, as a fiery sunset cast its last light over the countryside McCain loved so dearly.
Former Senate colleague Barbara Mikulski remembers the late John McCain as a straight shooter, a courageous legislator, a patriot, a friend, and-despite their political differences-a staunch ally on issues important to them both. He leaves behind a legacy of courage and conviction - I hope we all can reflect on these values as we work together to heal and advance America.
"One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur", he said. The vote came as a huge surprise, to say the least, and added another wrinkle to the testy relationship he had with Trump.