Sen. McCain, former Navy Pilot, to speak at Naval Academy

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FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Sen. John McCain is returning to his alma mater to address the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on leadership and service to the nation.

The academy on Tuesday announced the senator's scheduled appearance next week.

McCain, a former Navy pilot and prisoner of war, will speak Monday evening at the academy's Alumni Hall on the school's grounds, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the nation's capital. The academy says the event is not open to the public.

The six-term Arizona Republican continued a long-running clash with President Donald Trump this week as McCain left no doubt he was thinking of Trump when he criticized the Vietnam-era draft system for forcing low-income Americans to serve while the wealthy could avoid war with a doctor's note.

[READ MORE: McCain critiques Trump without labeling him 'draft dodger']

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