"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment", the president has now said.
Flags elsewhere in the capital had remained at half-staff Monday, and it was widely believed that Trump was demonstrating his continued resentment toward McCain, who provided the pivotal vote preventing Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act.
John McCain died on Saturday, a Republican seeking Arizona's other U.S. Senate seat suggested that his family's earlier announcement that he was ending cancer treatment had been timed to hurt her campaign.
While much of the US remembered Senator John McCain's record as a war hero, longtime senator and presidential nominee over the weekend, US President Donald Trump had nursed his grievances.
Trump and McCain did not get along. Our hearts and prayers are with you!'
Some said the White House was simply following proper procedure because US Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". And two months earlier, the president notably did not receive an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, though the duo - who are reportedly no fans of Trump - eschewed almost all political guests. McCain, for his part, recently slammed Trump's Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".
"They had my thumbs over my head, I was strung up over a rafter, and they were beating me", Swindle says.
John McCain: Flags return to full-staff after senator's death
Trump has been vocal about his dislike for McCain, who died Saturday more than a year after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Back in 1967, his Navy aircraft was shot down during a bombing mission and he was captured as a prisoner of war.
Encapsulate the life of a war hero and political giant in only about five or six minutes is something with which Fitzgerald is grappling.
All five living former USA presidents issued statements praising McCain. More recently, he had termed Trump's performance at a news conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin as "disgraceful".
Instead, both the president and vice-president offered their condolences to the senator's family via Twitter. On Saturday, a national memorial service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral, where former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will speak.
Trump also authorized full military honors for McCain when he is buried on Sunday on Hospital Hill at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
He added that, from their time together in captivity, he wasn't at all surprised that McCain went on to become a leader of his country. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. She clarified that she had nothing to do with the orders ― they came from Washington.
"Do not despair of our present difficulties". We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history.
"Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services".