John McCain’s single most poignant paragraph on Trumpism

28 August, 2018, 18:36 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

The flags at the White House had been lowered a day earlier.

A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries".

However, after widespread criticism came over U.S. media, the flags were again lowered on Monday afternoon as Trump made his first reference to McCain: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country".

Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.

Several staff members believed the official White House statement, which went through an internal approval process, would be released at the time of the Arizona Republican's death, which occurred on Saturday.

White House aides said it is unclear whether Trump will go to Capitol Hill, where McCain is to lie in state on Friday. McCain's loved ones during this trying time. Chuck Schumer, formally requested flags at all govenrment buildings remain at half-staff in McCain's honor through his internment.

The flags will be lowered beginning Wednesday with a public viewing in Arizona, until Sunday when he will be laid to rest following a private service in Maryland. McCain will lie in state in the Arizona State Capitol and then at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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After all, many of Trump's critics have long argued that he lacks the character needed of a President, a narrative that gathered pace last week as the legal woes mounted, threatening his presidency.

But President Donald Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was "not a war hero", wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect.

Senator McCain will be eulogized by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden.

In his speech before the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recalled how a "scrappy pilot" who barely graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy became a decorated war hero and one of Washington's most respected leaders. "McCain's many decades of service and sacrifice to our country as well as the service of all his fellow veterans", Chenelly said.

Dozens of small gifts including American flags, candles flowers and photographs have been piling up in front of the A L Moore Grimshaw Mortuary since McCain's passing. Chuck Schumer's spokesperson, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also requested the Department of Defense to "provide necessary support so that US flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset" on the day of McCain's interment.

Plans taking shape called for McCain to lie in state Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Former Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

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