Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

White House Flags Back At Full Staff After McCain’s Death

White House Flags Back At Full Staff After McCain’s Death

The two repeatedly butted heads after Trump entered politics.

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In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered Virginia flags to be flown at half-staff over the state capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds until September 2nd in memory of McCain.

While tributes have poured in highlighting the Arizona Republican's lifetime of service, Trump issued a single, terse tweet on Saturday that sent his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the bereaved family, without any words for McCain himself.

Presidents have often signed proclamations lowering flags to half-staff from the day a sitting senator dies through the day he or she is buried.

The Washington Post reported that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other senior staff had urged a statement be released referring to McCain as a "hero".

In addition to raising the flag back to full staff, others noted that Trump never issued a proclamation noting McCain's passing.

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McCain meanwhile won the president's undying enmity previous year, by casting a dramatic thumbs down vote - only one of three Republican senators to do so - against a Trump-backed effort to repeal Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday in honor of U.S. Sen.

The White House didn't immediately respond to questions Monday. Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak. McCain was a member of the American Legion and retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of captain.

The contrast offered the latest reminder of the animosity that Trump has maintained for McCain, even after his passing. Instead, the family reportedly requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies for the Arizona senator.

Early in his presidential bid, Trump - who received five deferments to avoid military service in Vietnam - infamously maintained that McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured.

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