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“I’ve spoken out of turn. … I shouldn’t have said what I said,” Hatch told reporters on Tuesday.
Asked if he had sent a letter to McCain apologizing for his remarks, Hatch confirmed that he had.
Hatch sparked a backlash on Monday when he told reporters that it was “ridiculous” McCain wanted Vice President Pence at his funeral instead of Trump.
“Well, he’s the president of the United States and he’s a very good man. But it’s up to [McCain]. I think John should have his own wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends the funeral,” he said.
McCain, who is battling brain cancer, has had a contentious relationship with Trump, who mocked him for being captured in the Vietnam War.
Meghan McCain hit back at Hatch during “The View” on Tuesday.
“I’d like everybody to take a collective breath and chill out on my dad for a second — especially Orrin Hatch,” the Arizona senator’s daughter said. “Take many seats right now … We’re all doing good and hanging in.”