White House Flag Flies At Full Staff As Nation Honors John McCain

Nora Nguyen
August 28, 2018

The typical tradition is to keep the flag lowered until the body reaches its final resting place, which in the case of John McCain would be next Sunday when the Senator is expected to be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Defense Department guidelines call for flags to be flown at half-staff "from the day of death through the following day" in the event a USA senator or member of Congress dies. Pres Trump did not issue proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday at the @NavalAcademy.

While tributes have poured in highlighting the Arizona Republican's lifetime of service, Trump issued a single, terse tweet on Saturday that sent his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the bereaved family, without any words for McCain himself.

The Arizona Republican, whose relationship with President Trump has always been fraught, died on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.

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The flags at the White House, which were lowered over the weekend to mark the death of Senator John McCain, are back at full-staff.

Trump shared a sympathetic message across social media platforms, stating "our hearts and prayers are with you", however alongside the message on Instagram was an image of himself.

He was interrogated, beaten and repeatedly tortured in a Hanoi prison for five years, .

Even after McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Trump continued to launch broadsides in McCain's direction, lambasting him for his critical "no" vote that thwarted a last-ditch Republican effort to partially repeal Obamacare.

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On his return to America, he earned the military honours including the Purple Heart. Not half in honor of Senator John McCain.

Pence will attend a ceremony honoring the six-term Arizona senator on Friday at the US Capitol Rotunda on Friday, Davis said.

Throughout Trump's presidency, McCain did not hesitate to speak candidly about policy differences with Trump, including the president's friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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