Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump, under pressure to honour John McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Trump, under pressure to honour John McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Trump's apparent snub is a sign of his continued disdain for McCain, with whom he first picked a fight in the summer of 2015, declaring that the Navy veteran was "not a war hero" for spending five years being tortured in a Vietnamese prison and refusing advantages offered to him because his father was a prominent military leader.

Flags at the US Capitol and other Washington landmarks remained at half-staff earlier on Monday, but the White House had returned to its usual levels.

The day's events were punctuated by a letter read aloud by McCain's longtime adviser in which the senator obliquely rebuked Trump from the grave.

The message came as Trump found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain, who died Saturday at 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

Davis said McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday and be attended by some of his Republican colleagues from the Arizona congressional delegation, including former Sen.

Several White House aides echoed Short, saying Trump was in a no-win situation and vetoed a statement partly because he didn't want to seem disingenuous.

Obama released a statement shortly after McCain's death, which acknowledged their differences on multiple fronts and said despite those differences they shared "a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

McCain's body will then be flown to Maryland for "three days of celebration in Washington", Davis said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has said he will wait until after McCain's funeral Sunday to appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of the senator's term through 2020.

McCain was a frequent critic of Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy.

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Some said the White House was simply following proper procedure, however, because US Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress".

The American Legion is demanding that President Donald Trump issue a proclamation honoring Sen. That prompted many Americans to lower flags to half-staff, a traditional gesture of honor.

Trump has blocked efforts to release a statement honoring McCain and calling him a "hero", instead expressing condolences to McCain's family via Twitter on Saturday night - until he released the statement Monday afternoon.

The president and McCain had a tense relationship, Graham said, but "he's not the first one to have tension with John McCain".

After a day of pressure from leaders of both political parties and such groups as the American Legion, President Donald Trump has ordered flags flown at half-staff in honor of the late U.S. Sen.

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a ceremony Friday at the Capitol Rotunda. But every time someone refers to him as a hero, Trump says something to the effect that it's not heroic to get caught.

The request contrasts with the White House, which raised its flags back to full staff on Monday after lowering them on Sunday. South Carolina's senior senator said he's following the lead of McCain, who said after losing the 2008 election to Barack Obama, "He's my president now".

"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe", McCain said in the statement.

True to form, McCain emphasized his American pride in the letter, writing that "that association has meant more to me than any other".

My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain.

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