John McCain funeral: Hollywood star Warren Beatty to be pallbearer

Faith Castro
August 29, 2018

Two days after Sen.

At the same time, the White House released a statement from the president in which Trump said that, despite differences on policy and politics, he respects McCain's service to the USA and ordered flags be flown at half-staff until his internment.

Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff, per the United States flag code. It's quite clear that the GOP base prefers Trump's scorched earth politics and attacks on political institutions and traditions that McCain revered.

Senator McCain was a noted critic of Mr Trump, and the President's response to Senator McCain's death has been closely watched.

"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. and we very much appreciate everything Senator McCain has done for our country".

Throughout McCain's illness, Trump continued to publicly snub him - including at a recent appearance in which the president declined to say McCain's name when signing a bill that was named for him.

And Senator Susan Collins, who many have looked to to resist the president's most extreme tendencies, appeared to be uncomfortable taking that torch. Trump also delayed issuing the customary proclamation for flags to remain at half-staff for longer than the two-day minimum.

The family of McCain, a U.S. Navy pilot who was captured during the Vietnam War and was held for five years at the Hoa Lo Prison-known colloquially as the "Hanoi Hilton"-by the communist North Vietnamese, announced last week that he would halt medical treatment for brain cancer". Susan Collins (R-Maine) said when asked if she was pleased that the administration decided lower the White House flags back down.

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The flags were returned to full-staff on Monday morning.

The American Legion wrote a letter to Trump, urging for the White House flags to be lowered.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to members of the media Tuesday after giving a speech on the floor of the Senate honoring the late Sen.

Besides the proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office building, lawmakers may consider naming a committee room used by the Senate Armed Services Committee after McCain, who was the panel's chairman, McConnell said.

It's good, I suppose, that President Trump or his advisors finally saw fit to set aside his grievances and do the right thing. Trump questioned the decorated veteran and six-term senator's heroism and chafed at McCain's vote to kill the health care law repeal.

George W Bush and Barack Obama will be among those to read at the service on Saturday, which will come a week after Mr McCain died at the age of 81.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who co-sponsored the measure, said he does "not want to get out ahead" before he talks to McCain's family.

The flags at the White House, which were lowered over the weekend to mark the death of Sen.

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