Senator McCain died on 25 August following a prolonged battle with cancer, and his daughter, Meghan, delivered an emotional eulogy in celebration of her father at his funeral on Saturday.

McCain, who was 81, was a long-serving senator for the Republican party and ran for president in 2008, eventually losing to Barack Obama.

The 33-year-old didn't waste the chance, in celebration of her father, to not-so-subtly point out the current US president's short-comings.

"John McCain was a great man," she began her speech, at the Washington National Cathedral.

We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness — the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.

Her comment is a clear response to Donald Trump's Make America Great Again slogan, and the second part could refer to Trump's four draft deferments that got him to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.

Later, Meghan's pointed words grew more specific:

The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold. She is resourceful and confident and secure. She meets her responsibilities. She speaks quietly because she is strong. America does not boast because she has no need. The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.

The "boasting" comment may be a tongue-in-cheek reference to Trump's habit of gloating on Twitter, be it regarding his incorrect approval poll results or the size of his hands.

A deafening applause followed, both in real life, and online.

Though she did not mention the US president by name, few missed the focus of her criticism. The McCains did not invite president Trump to the service, though three former presidents were in attendance, alongside political elites and members of congress.

John McCain was not defined by prison, by the navy, by the Senate, by the Republican party or any one of the deeds in his life

"John McCain was defined by love," she concluded.

According to NBC News' Chief White House Correspondent, Trump left the White house "within roughly one minute of Meghan McCain concluding her eulogy [and later] arrived at his golf club in Virginia".

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