White House flags back up after McCain death

White House flags back up after McCain death

White House flags back up after McCain death

Sen. John McCain, whose more than three-decade career in the Senate irreversibly impacted the tenor of Washington, will lie in state in the US Capitol this week, an honor given to few statesmen.

The flags at the U.S. Capitol, meanwhile, remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican, who died Saturday of brain cancer.

Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and MI flags to be lowered to half-staff this week to honor U.S. Senator John McCain, who passed away on Saturday. The American Legion was among those who criticized the White House lapse and urged that the flag be lowered.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences on Twitter to McCain's family but hasn't issued a presidential proclamation with an order lowering the flags.

Finally, under pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump said in a statement later on Monday that he respected McCain's service to the nation and had ordered flags to half-staff.

"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. and we very much appreciate everything Senator McCain has done for our country", he told the religious leaders. McCain's final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

When asked about Trump's response to McCain's death after the flag was raised Monday, Davis said that the family is focusing on the outpouring of support from around the world instead of "what one person has done or said".

After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for five days. First lady Melania Trump tweeted thanks to McCain for his service to the country. Under state law, the governor's appointee to serve until the next general election in 2020 must come from the same political party.

But before he makes his decision, the Governor plans to remember and honor the life of Senator McCain. There's also the sensitive question of who will succeed McCain.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in English that McCain "was a true American hero. It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom".

"If you look at John McCain and his record before he went to Vietnam, before his imprisonment, then you compare it with what happened to him afterward, there's virtually no comparison", Rather said. A pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years.

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