Flags to fly half-staff in honor of Sen. McCain

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A leading USA veterans' group blasted President Donald Trump's muted response to the death of Senator John McCain, after the White House flag was fully raised on Monday after being briefly flown at half mast.

"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment". "There really is no room in the McCain family today to focus on anything but him".

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain". Some believe that as a tribute, flags should remain at half-staff until the deceased is interred.

A private funeral is planned for Sunday afternoon at the Naval Academy Chapel followed by a private burial at the academy cemetery.

Federal rules call for flags to be lowed for Congress members on the day of death and the day after.

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However, diplomatic relations were severed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and takeover of the U.S. The ICJ is the United Nations tribunal for resolving worldwide disputes.

For an associate justice of the Supreme Court, secretary of executive or military department, former vice president, or governor, the prescribed time is from "the day of death until interment".

Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, of Hawaii, was the last lawmaker who received the distinction, in 2012.

Earlier this summer, McCain issued a blistering statement criticizing Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president, who as a candidate in 2016 mocked McCain's capture in Vietnam, had jabbed at the ailing senator for voting against Republican efforts to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. "Why wouldn't we believe being in a Vietnamese prison for nearly six years -six years- wouldn't change a man?" That brought complaints from both right and left, including the America Legion. A statement from Ducey's office said that "now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life". Chuck Schumer's spokesperson, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also requested the Department of Defense to "provide necessary support so that USA flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset" on the day of McCain's interment.

The statement, drafted before the senator's death Saturday, would have commended the Arizona Republican for his military service and his decades in the Senate. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking.