White House Flag Flies At Full Staff As Nation Honors John McCain


John McCain, saying the two maintained ties despite their political differences.

Flag over the White House Monday morning. After McCain voted against the bill to repeal Obamacare a year ago, a frustrated Trump mentioned it several times at campaign events.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the White House instead.

U.S. Senator John McCain died August 25 at age 81 his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Usually, the flags are lowered for a longer period of time - after the passing of Sen. He also tweeted insults about the senator on several occasions.

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McCain had long feuded with President Donald Trump, and two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend the funeral services.

By day's end, Trump had done just that, with no immediate explanation from the White House. After Trump in 2016 attacked Mexican immigrants - "They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists" - McCain said Trump was "firing up the crazies" with his views.

McCain will lie in state at the Arizona state capitol Wednesday with his first memorial service taking place Thursday in Phoenix.

The nation's largest veterans' service organization urged Trump in a statement Monday to follow longtime protocol following the deaths of prominent government officials.

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McCain was a frequent critic of Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy. Trump, meanwhile, said in 2015 that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

McCain died at the age of 81 on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2108.

McCain's family is reported to have said they do not want President Trump to attend.

The U.S. Flag Code states the flag should be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". For the flags to stay at half staff through the day of interment would have required the president to issue a proclamation to do so.

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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.