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A family spokesperson reads a farewell letter from John McCain
Former McCain campaign manager Rick Davis reads Senator John McCain, the last message to America: “I lived and died a proud American.’
President Trump announced Monday that he had ordered to fly the American flag in honor of the late Sen. John McCain in the half-staff until Sunday.
“In spite of our differences on strategy and policy, I have Senator John McCain respect the service of our country and, in his honor, with the signing of a proclamation to the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his funeral,” said Trump, who added that Vice-President Mike Pence would make, on Friday, a celebration to honor McCain in the US Capitol’s remarks.
Trump’s statement was made public shortly after the White house, the flag was returned to the half-staff veterans Monday afternoon following complaints from two of America’s most prominent groups.
The White house flags were lowered Wednesday, the day after the Arizona Republican succumbed to a brain tumor at the age of 81 years. However, they were back to full height on Monday, the break with tradition.
In a statement addressed Trump, American Legion National Commander, Denise Rohan wrote: “in the name of The American Legion’s two million war veterans, I urge you to the appropriate presidential proclamation, the determination of Senator McCain’s death, and the legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation is occupied, the flag is half-through his or her graveyard.”
VFW spokesman Joe Davis said in a statement that the organization “asked the White house if the honor of lowering the flag to half-staff could be expanded by Senator McCain to the cemetery.”
Assistant Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell. R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-NY, had previously requested that the Department of defense to keep lowered the flags on public buildings until sunset to bury McCain.
The procedure is standard when a member of the Senate, passes. McCain served in the chamber for six terms, most recently as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
McCain was a frequent critic of the trump card of everything from his leadership style, his Russia policy. Trump called into question, the Navy pilot ‘ s set up voted Vietnam heroism and rubbed at McCain, to kill the President “Obamacare” should be repealed.
US Flag Code States that flags be lowered “on the day of death and on the following day for a member of Congress.”
According to Democratic sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, died in the year 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White house at half mast flagged for five days.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.