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Is Any of John McCain’s Bravery Left in the Republican Party?

Is Any of John McCain’s Bravery Left in the Republican Party?

McCain will be buried Sunday at his college alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

ABC News reports its chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, was a man on a mission of sorts on Monday, asking the president almost a dozen questions about McCain and receiving no reply.

Almost 10 hours after the White House raised flags to full-staff following the death of Senator John McCain, officials have lowered them back to half-staff. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country, and offered words of wisdom to his fellow Americans. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

While flags remained at half mast at the Capitol, the Washington Memorial and elsewhere, the White House flag was raised on Monday.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump went against the advice of senior aides to issue an official White House statement praising McCain for his heroism and decades of service, telling aides he instead wanted to post a brief tweet.

After President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim a "52 percent overall" approval rating just one day after Senator John McCain's death and hours after a gunman opened fire at a video game tournament in Florida, many of his followers pointed out how he may be the only US president not to be invited to two funerals of prominent political figures and one royal wedding. Before his death, McCain decided Trump should not be invited to his funeral - where former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to speak. In the years since, Mr. McCain was Mr. Trump's loudest Republican critic, especially as the president disrupted America's long-time alliances. And we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country.

While serving as a pilot in the Vietnam War, McCain underwent brutal torture after Vietnamese soldiers shot down his plane and captured him. "There really is no room in the McCain family today to focus on anything but him", said Rick Davis, family spokesman, in response to the White House flags, TicToc by Bloomberg reports. Trump ignored reporters' repeated questions about McCain at White House gatherings on Monday, but late Monday afternoon the flags were lowered again to half-staff. We never hide from history. I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it's time to pause and say this was a great man.

"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".

The senator's office released a final message from McCain that referenced "these challenging times".

Funeral services for McCain will begin this week.

Graham noted that since McCain's passing, strangers - cops, waiters, etc. - have come up to him to comfort him.