Under pressure, Trump re-lowers White House flag for McCain

Under pressure, Trump re-lowers White House flag for McCain

Under pressure, Trump re-lowers White House flag for McCain

"John McCain was one of them", the New York Democrat said in a statement Saturday night, just after McCain died, CBS News reports.

"The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service", the statement read.

McCain's colleagues in the Senate from both sides of the aisle called on Trump to lower the flag.

The flags will be lowered beginning Wednesday with a public viewing in Arizona, until Sunday when he will be laid to rest following a private service in Maryland. McCain was in the public eye for decades, and as such, most Americans were familiar with and had opinions of the Senator.

However, after widespread criticism came over USA media, the flags were again lowered on Monday afternoon as Trump made his first reference to McCain: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country". Trump's Oval Office predecessors and respective McCain campaign rivals George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to deliver eulogies in Washington D.C as the 81-year old's body lies in state at the U.S Capitol later this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime ally of McCain, said that the decision came "in coordination with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi".

"Some lives are so vivid, it's hard to imagine them ended", Bush said in a statement.

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McCain had long feuded with President Donald Trump, and two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend the funeral services.

John McCain took a parting shot before he died at Donald Trump, saying, "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all corners of the globe".

"The spirit that drove him was never extinguished: we are here to commit ourselves to something bigger than ourselves", Biden said. "He devoted his entire life to his country". The national commander of the American Legion sent Trump a letter "strongly" urging that "our nation's flag be half-staffed through (McCain's) interment". "His significance went well beyond his own country".

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state never wavered: "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom".

Tributes have poured in from every living former president honoring the former Navy aviator for his courage, integrity and decency.

His family shared Friday that McCain wouldn't continue with treatment for his brain cancer, and the senator died the next day.

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