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Trump nixed statement praising McCain, says report

Trump nixed statement praising McCain, says report

Vice President Mike Pence is likely to attend, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions. Some believe that as a tribute, flags should remain at half-staff until the deceased is interred.

Flags have returned to full-staff at the White House following the death of John McCain.

Now, after his death, it has been announced that McCain chose former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to deliver eulogies at his funeral.

A schedule for memorials and services celebrating McCain's life can he found on his website. President Trump, however, was not invited to speak.

The president, however, rejected the statement and instead issued a brief tweet Saturday night following the legendary Arizona Republican senator's death.

The senator's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.

Senator John McCain lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday, after making the decision to stop treatments for the malignant tumor just one day before.

The most recent presidential proclamation Trump made that lowered USA flags to half-staff was for the victims of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, in June.

McCain frequently criticized the president's policies and tone and famously sunk Trump-backed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. "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.

The U.S. flag code calls for flags to be lowered in the event of the death of a member of Congress "on the day of death and the following day".

Senator Ben Cardin joined his Democratic colleague in praising McCain as an honorable public servant.

- CJ (@CJintheKeys) August 27, 2018This morning I woke up to find out the White House flag is at full staff. McCain was also known for reaching across the aisle and working with Democrats on some key issues.

Trump infamously mocked McCain's military record during his presidential campaign in 2015 and suggested McCain wasn't a "war hero" because he had been "captured" during the Vietnam War.


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