White House flag no longer at half-staff after McCain's death

27 August, 2018, 19:42 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • The American flag flies at half-staff at the Capitol in honor of Sen. John Mc Cain of Arizona who died Saturday of brain cancer in Washington Monday Aug. 27 2018. Mc Cain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday

Trump questioned the decorated Navy pilot's Vietnam heroism and chafed at McCain's vote to kill the president's "Obamacare" repeal.

"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", Travers wrote.

- Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 27, 2018White house flag is now at full staff for those of you who really care about kneeling and respect and all that.

White House flag back at full staff today says it all.

The White House flag-lowering that lasted less than 48 hours breaks from precedent that it is lowered until burial.

"Camera shot facing south over the White House - you can see the flag at the WH at full staff while the flags surrounding the Washington Monument are lowered", Travers tweeted.

Flags will remain lowered until sunset on the day of internment.

"CBS This Morning" reached out to the White House for a comment on the flag.

An American flag above the White House flies at full-staff less than 48 hours after the death of Sen. John McCain Monday Aug. 27 2018 in Washington
Kasich Calls White House 'Shameful' Because Flag Is Back to Full Staff

"There was no official proclamation from President Trump (as he has done in the past for other notable figures passing)", she added.

Early in his presidential bid, Trump - who received five deferments to avoid military service in Vietnam - infamously maintained that McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured.

Over the previous year and a half of his life, McCain was one of President Trump's biggest opponents, appearing to put his beliefs of what he thought was best for America, over partisan politics.

He will be buried in a private service at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, where his service to his country began six decades ago, at a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River. The senator will lie in state at the Arizona state capitol on Wednesday with his first memorial service taking place in Phoenix on Thursday.

Two former presidents - Barack Obama and George W. Bush - will deliver eulogies Saturday.

Instead, both the president and Vice-President Mike Pence offered their condolences to the senator's family via Twitter.

McCain was one of Trump's sharpest critics, and made clear in one of his final wishes as he struggled with brain cancer that he did not want the president to attend his funeral.

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