Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

White House wobbles on US flag after McCain death

White House wobbles on US flag after McCain death

Under heavy pressure from veterans' groups, President Trump made a rare about-face yesterday, ordering American flags at all US government buildings lowered to half-staff to honor the late Sen.

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. And he criticized the senator on Twitter, especially when their policy views differed.

Trump's initial silence about McCain underscored the isolation of the USA leader and fueled criticism that he is incapable of bringing a divided nation together even as it mourns a man widely seen as an American hero and a political icon. "Our hearts and prayers are with you".

Arizona Senator John McCain died on Saturday at the age of 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Her statement comes following the press's scrutiny over the White House only flying the flag at half-staff for two days after McCain's passing rather than until his burial as is customary.

McCain's body will lie in state in the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday and at the US Capitol Rotunda on Friday, giving his colleagues and the public a chance to pay their respects.

The US flag at the White House has been moved back to half-staff following widespread criticism when it was raised less than 48 hours after the death of John McCain.

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Mr Trump regularly hit back at his rival, and controversially said Mr McCain was "not a war hero" in 2015.

McCain was just one of 11 US senators in the state's 106-year history, and on Tuesday, primary voters will decide the nominees in races across all levels of government.

First, every school in America named after a Confederate historical figure should be renamed for McCain. Trump initially tweeted condolences to McCain's family, but made no mention then of the Arizona Republican with whom he feuded for years.

The marks of respect for McCain came not just from United States presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday.

Around Oklahoma, political leaders paid tribute to McCain.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who co-sponsored the measure, said renaming the building would be "a particularly good" way to honor McCain, but wanted to make sure McCain's family agreed. "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe", McCain wrote in the statement delivered by Rick Davis, his family spokesman and former campaign manager. He was tortured but refused early release because it would have meant leaving ahead of other soldiers who had been captured before him.

McCain closed his letter by citing his loss to Obama in the 2008 presidential election, stating he was departing his life with the same sense of "heartfelt faith" in America despite its challenges today.

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