John McCain by raising its flags to full-staff, President Trump has ordered the White House to re-lower its flags to half-staff. The White House flags were lowered to half-staff late Monday afternoon after widespread criticism.
Trump sparred with the late senator numerous times over the past few years.
The White House had lowered its flag to half-staff on Sunday, but shortly after midnight, it was back at full staff, in a clear break with precedent - which dictates that it be lowered until burial - and the USA flag code.
Obama, who defeated McCain in 2008 presidential race, issued a lengthy and dynamic statement after McCain's death that read in part, "we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his years of service to the United States and urged Americans to "not despair of our present difficulties". He also served in the House and in the Navy, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam and ran for president twice. The senator will lie in state at the Arizona state capitol on Wednesday with his first memorial service taking place in Phoenix on Thursday.
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The former military personnel also requested to be buried at Annapolis, Maryland's U.S. Naval Academy, a desire he revealed in a September 2017 60 Minutes segment.
Recall that McCain died at the age of 81 of brain cancer on Saturday. CNN has reported McCain did not want President Trump to attend. While on the campaign trail in 2015, then-candidate Trump suggested McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured in Vietnam.
During the time he remained active in the Senate, McCain also expressed deep misgivings about Trump's job as President, criticizing his handling of world affairs and the example he has set for the country.
"Mr. President any thoughts on John McCain?" reporters repeatedly shouted at the ender of the presser, as Trump continued to ignore them. "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. Poroshenko said McCain was upset when it was suggested he stay back.