Friday, 16 November, 2018

White House flag back at full staff after McCain's death

John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81 US Senator John McCain is dead
Delia Stanley | 28 August, 2018, 13:10

In Vietnam, people went to the US Embassy to pay their respects to McCain who had played an important role in normalizing diplomatic relations with the US in 1995. Tickets are no longer available but the event will be livestreamed on McCain's website.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had issued a government-wide notification after McCain's death to lower flags at U.S. facilities but rescinded it on Monday, leaving the decision to staff at individual sites, according to an official.

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.

On 27 August, Rick Davis, who ran the Arizona senator's 2008 presidential campaign and is a family spokesperson, read out a statement which McCain had prepared in advance of his death.

However, Trump did tweet about McCain's death on Saturday, saying that his "deepest sympathies and respect" went out to the senator's family.

The U.S. flag at the White House at full-staff.

Facing a barrage of criticism for what many on both sides of the aisle and reportedly inside the Executive Mansion itself saw as a tremendously petty stance on the part of the President to not honor McCain's decades of military and political service, a proclamation of appreciation also came from the administration this afternoon.

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.

"Why won't you say anything about John McCain?" asked exasperated ABC News reporter Jon Karl after repeated attempts to get the president to respond to questions about McCain's legacy throughout the day.

Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, called McCain "a patriot of the highest order, a public servant of rarest courage".

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is proposing a bill to rename one of the upper chamber's buildings after McCain, spoke of a "great and unexpressable loss".

"John put principle before politics". Ted Kennedy as well as South Carolina Republican U.S. Sen.

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote that McCain was: "A true American hero".

"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe", Mr. McCain said.

"We will remember his dedication and support towards rebuilding AFG", Ghani tweeted. "His statesmanship, courage, conviction and understanding of global affairs will be missed". In statements on Twitter, first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence thanked and honored McCain's service and offered condolences.

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