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McConnell slows push to name building for McCain

29 August 2018, 04:51 | Melissa Porter

Donald Trump pays tribute to John McCain and lowers White House flag

John McCain takes parting shot at Donald Trump in final letter to America

But on Monday morning, the flag had been raised to its original position, prompting pundits and media outlets to gawk at the White House's short-lived McCain tribute.

According to Jones, "staff were privately hoping the president would issue a fuller respectful statement honoring senator McCain along with a proclamation declaring that the flag should be lowered to half-staff", even as the same request from Chief of Staff John Kelly and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine was initially rejected.

Trump said Vice President Mike Pence will address a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Earlier in the day, a stone-faced Trump sat mute as reporters at several photo sessions invited him to comment on McCain.

He declined to answer any question's about the flag or Trump's response to McCain's death.

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. Privately, he has groused about such slights as his belief that McCain did not appreciate his endorsement in the senator's 2016 re-election bid. Over the past few days, only the most extreme knee-jerkers on the far right and far left are failing to find kind words to say about this courageous veteran and remarkable American.

"We lowered our flag pretty much immediately upon his passing", Baker said.

In a statement released late Monday, Trump announced he ordered the re-lowering of the flags that were up again on Monday after being lowered for Saturday, the day of McCain's death, and Sunday.

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 interment. "What I don't want is to establish a precedent so something named after John McCain is named after somebody else in the future".

Trump first sent a tweet that offered condolences to McCain's family but did not praise McCain. "Cause most of the ones who would do the wrong thing by John McCain didn't have the guts to do the right thing when it was their turn".

Although he did not mention Donald Trump by name, McCain's assessment of the America he was leaving behind at times echoed some of the sharp warnings he delivered against the president while serving his final months in office.

On Monday, President Trump broke his near silence on the death of Sen.

"Not universal acceptance of the life of John McCain", Graham remarked. Bob Corker said he was "all for" renaming the building in McCain's honor but that "there'll probably be some discussion about that" in both parties. The public is also encouraged to line the route of the motorcade that will take McCain to a Baptist church in Phoenix for a memorial service, where McCain's children and former Vice President Joe Biden will pay tribute.

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