White House flags back up after McCain death

President Trump may not attend Senator McCain's funeral

Edward M. Kennedy, President Obama ordered flags to fly at half-staff for five days.

Karen Travers tweeted "Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning they are back to full staff".

Usually, flags are lowered by Presidential proclamation, as Barack Obama ordered for three senators during his tenure as president - as well as for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

When ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked the president for "any thoughts on the legacy of John McCain", Trump heard the question but ignored him several times during a Mexico trade announcement in front of reporters, according to Karl.

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McCain had established himself as a dissenting voice against many features of Trump's presidency - including his relationship with Russian Federation, and the American Health Care Act, which McCain decisively voted against in 2017.

News reports state the White House communications shop drafted a statement honoring McCain, but Trump intervened and refused to allow it to be made public.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the White House at McCain's funeral service.

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink writes a note in a book of condolences for the late U.S. Senator John McCain in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018.

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On his return to America, he earned the military honours including the Purple Heart.

While the flags at the White House were raised, the flags at the U.S. Capitol remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican.

The senator's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.

McCain and Trump had a contentious history.

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McCain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday. McCain's plane was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 during a bombing run.

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