Donald Trump Silent as White House Reporters Urge Praise for John McCain

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John McCain's death, President Donald Trump said he respected the senator's "service to our country" and has signed a proclamation to fly the USA flag at half-staff until his burial.

However, Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak at a ceremony honoring Mr. McCain at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Marc Short, the former White House Director of Legislative Affairs under President Donald Trump, said that the news media should blame itself for President Donald Trump not personally honoring the late Sen.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who served with McCain in the U.S. Senate, said in a statement that he "frequently put partisanship aside to do what he thought was best for the country and was never afraid to break the mold if it was the right thing to do".

Bush and Obama had been McCain's political opponents, too, blocking his White House ambitions in 2000 and 2008, respectively.

As ABC News reports, the flag was lowered for less than two days.

At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

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Homeland Security had issued a government-wide notification after McCain's death to lower flags at U.S. facilities but rescinded it on Monday, leaving the decision to staff at individual sites, according to an official.

After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for five days.

In McCain's case, before the flag was lowered again, the American Legion issued a statement urging the president to do so in keeping with "long-established protocol".

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here", McCain wrote shortly before his death.

McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017. He served the United States for more than 60 years, first in the Navy and afterward in Congress. A formal ceremony will take place in the Capitol rotunda to honor McCain's service to the nation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called McCain "an American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his country, and lifetime of public service, were an inspiration to millions". Former Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

The White House lowered its US flag to half-staff, raised it back up and on Monday lowered it again after the death of Senator John McCain, in an unusual and confusing break with protocol on the passing of a national leader.