White House wobbles on U.S. flag after McCain death

Ebony Scott
August 29, 2018

The late USA senator John McCain has taken a parting shot at President Donald Trump in his farewell letter to the nation, denouncing "tribal rivalries" and imploring citizens to focus on what unites.

The longtime feud between the two men reached its peak on Monday, after the White House raised its flag to full staff, prompting outrage at what people took to be a slight of the late senator.

President Donald Trump issued a statement on August 27, about the passing of Sen.

HANOI, VIET NAM: A photo taken in 1967 shows US Navy Airforce Major John McCain being examined by a Vietnamese doctor. "I feel compassion for him and his family as they go through this".

Others are calling the White House's decision "needless antagonism" and a "disgrace".

Swindle added, from their time together in captivity he was not at all surprised that McCain would become a leader of his country.

In a statement to the president, Denise Rohan of the American Legion said: 'On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his internment'.

At the same time, the White House released a statement from the president in which Trump said that, despite differences on policy and politics, he respects McCain's service to the US and ordered flags be flown at half-staff until his internment.

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McCain died Saturday at age 81 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

A private ceremony will be held on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, and McCain will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery next to Naval Academy classmate and long-time friend, Admiral Chuck Larson. It's an obvious move, and in fact it's standard with figures like McCain for the flag to be lowered until internment, but reports indicate that Trump really, really didn't want to do it.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who co-sponsored the measure, said he does "not want to get out ahead" before he talks to McCain's family.

Trump and McCain had a bitter relationship that lasted through McCain's final days. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

"Don't look to me to replace this man", Graham said.

U.S. Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". "And I guess we're not shocked by it anymore, but it was so small and so petty and so trifling that even folks in the White House were reaching out to me and saying how much they hated what he was doing", Wilson said, as quoted by Mediaite.

Publicly, Trump has frequently railed against McCain's dramatic thumbs-down vote against the president's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law.

According to the Washington Post, Trump nixed the statement, despite calls from his senior aides, including press secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Other reports by GizPress

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