John McCain: Flags return to full-staff after senator's death

McCain battled glioblastoma for 10 months before stopping treatment

McCain battled glioblastoma for 10 months before stopping treatment

Barring an official White House proclamation ordering flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff in McCain's honor, the top Senate Republican and Democrat on Monday requested that the Defense Department "provide necessary support so that United States flags on all government buildings remain at half-mast through sunset on the day of Senator McCain's interment", Schumer's communications director said.

Recent traditions saw flags lowered to half-mast between the Member of Congress' death and their burial. John McCain's funerals or memorials - but Vice President Pence will, a spokesman for the McCain family confirmed Monday.

"It's outrageous that the White House would mark American hero John McCain's death with a two-sentence tweet, making no mention of his heroic and inspiring life", Joe Chenelly, the executive director of veterans advocacy group AMVETS, said in a statement.

Trump has been vocal about his dislike for McCain, who died Saturday more than a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

ABC News correspondent Karen Travers - among other journalists - tweeted a photo of the White House as of Monday morning, however, which showed the White House flags back at full staff.

Donald Trump rejected a statement prepared by his aides that praised John McCain, according to the Washington Post, underscoring the U.S. president's enduring scorn for the late senator and war hero. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

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In McCain's eyes, Trump's meeting in Helsinki with Russia's President Vladimir Putin earlier this year was "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". Not half in honor of Senator John McCain.

McCain said the battles in Vietnam prepared him for high office.

The U.S. mission in Vietnam plans to launch a fellowship in honor of McCain for a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service to travel on a U.S. study tour.

A private burial service next Sunday will conclude almost a week of events honouring the Navy aviator, prisoner of war, congressman, long-time senator and presidential contender.

Back in 1967, his Navy aircraft was shot down during a bombing mission and he was captured as a prisoner of war. The current president's likely absence could not be more conspicuous.

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