White House wobbles on USA flag after McCain death

Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

On Friday, McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Early Monday morning, the flag atop the White House was raised after an unusually brief time at half-staff in McCain's honor.

US President Donald Trump has said he respects the senator's "service to our country" and has signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial. "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect [McCain's] service to our country", he said.

Under heavy pressure from veterans' groups, President Trump made a rare about-face yesterday, ordering American flags at all US government buildings lowered to half-staff to honor the late Sen.

HANOI, VIET NAM: A photo taken in 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major John McCain being examined by a Vietnamese doctor. "I lived and died a proud American", McCain wrote.

After McCain died on Saturday, the flags at the White House were lowered to half staff.

McCain had a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump, whom Graham has defended in recent months.

Previously, the White House posted tributes from numerous Trump officials praising McCain, who as the Republican nominee, lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama.

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'How the President feels about Senator McCain, it's his right to feel anyway he likes.

A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries".

McCain famously sank the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act previous year when he returned from treatment - a wound still healing above his eye - to cast a thumbs down vote right in front of McConnell. John McCain's death, President Donald Trump said he respected the senator's "service to our country" and has signed a proclamation to fly the USA flag at half-staff until his burial.

Additionally, Kelly, National Security Adviser John Bolton, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine urged Trump to let aides take over the White House response to McCain's death.

McCain, even as he neared death, disparaged Trump's presidency, rebuking the US leader for his seeming embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin's position at last month's Helsinki summit that Russia had not meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.

That friendship appears to have been a very strong one, as Variety reports Beatty and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be among the pallbearers at McCain's funeral service on Saturday. He paused. "Let me say this a better way". Our words are too often cheap and imminently forgettable but John McCain paid our freight with his body and with his soul.

Schumer, who worked closely with McCain on immigration and other issues, said that "as you go through life, you meet few truly great people" and that McCain was one of them.

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