White House flags back up after McCain death

White House flags back up after McCain death

The White House lowered its USA flag to half-staff, raised it back up and on Monday lowered it again after the death of Senator John McCain, in an unusual and confusing break with protocol on the passing of a national leader. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects at the State Capitol.

In Washington, D.C., McCain will lie in state at the United States Capitol on Friday. Tickets are no longer available but the event will be livestreamed on McCain's website.

The senator will be buried alongside his Naval Academy classmate and longtime friend Admiral Chuck Larson.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son Beau to glioblastoma and was helping the McCain family through the senator's illness, said McCain's "impact on America hasn't ended - not even close".

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here", McCain wrote shortly before his death.

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"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Sen".

The Washington Post reported that White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, Chief of Staff Kelly and other senior staff had urged a statement be released referring to McCain as a "hero" - but Mr. Trump opted for a terse, impersonal tweet instead.

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama issued a statement sending their "heartfelt condolences" to McCain's wife, Cindy and their family. John McCain's death, President Donald Trump said he respected the senator's "service to our country" and has signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial.

But President Donald Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was "not a war hero", wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect.

McCain, a Republican, had fondly recalled their friendship despite their ideological differences. He was 81. His office says McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. "Some voices are so vibrant, it's hard to think of them stilled".

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Among the pallbearers will be Democratic former vice president Joe Biden, ex-senator Russ Feingold, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Warren Beatty.

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

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is proposing a bill to rename one of the upper chamber's buildings after McCain, spoke of a "great and unexpressable loss". U.S. Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". "He put country before self", Ryan said. "Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told CNN's "State of the Union."?And while he never made it to the presidency, in the Senate, he was the leader that would see a hot spot in the world and just say, we need to go there and stand up for that democracy".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called McCain "a tireless fighter for a strong trans-Atlantic alliance; his significance went well beyond his own country".

"On Sept. 2 ... a private memorial service will take place in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, honouring the life of Sen".

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"We will remember his dedication and support towards rebuilding AFG", Ghani tweeted. "I consider my friendships to be friendships". "His statesmanship, courage, conviction and understanding of global affairs will be missed". "McCain has done for our country".

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