White House raises white flag over John McCain tribute

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So President Donald Trump appeared to change his mind.

Trump said Vice President Pence would address a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Flake, who, as McCain was, is often critical of the president, also paid tribute to his mentor and colleague.

The service at the National Cathedral in Washington will feature eulogies by former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Plunkitt was known as the sage of Tammany Hall, the political machine that controlled New York City during the late-19th-century heyday of boss politics in big cities across the country.

There, "military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport" will partake in a funeral service at the U.S. Naval Academy, his statement added. "Obviously we would have liked the honor to be extended further and would hope the president would extend that honor for the day of interment". Instead, he posted a tweet, extending sympathy toward McCain's family but saying nothing about his former rival's career and legacy.

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.

McCain had a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump, whom Graham has defended in recent months. He was a war hero because he was captured. "I hope he'll remember how people feel about John".

Since that momentous political defeat, Trump had, in speeches at rallies across the country, frequently mocked the thumbs-down gesture McCain used to torpedo the legislation.

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"At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you are talking about the passing of a true American hero".

With the proclamation and statement, Mr Trump was conforming to standard protocol when a prominent member of government dies.

Trump had, prior to Monday's statement, only offered a tweet offering sympathies to McCain's family following his death on Saturday from brain cancer. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" That means the flags were lowered to half of the usual height.

Under the United States Code, when a president or former president dies, the flag should be flown at half mast above federal buildings for 30 days. He did note that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been "terrific" and has reached out to the McCain family.

He has faced criticism, including from veterans groups, about his response.

The White House released two statements.

"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect [McCain's] service to our country", he said.

After Democratic Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House flown at half-staff for five days. I would like to send condolences to his family. I learned a great deal from him. Duyet ran the prison that kept McCain after his plane was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War.

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