John McCain’s former rivals pay tribute: ‘We are all in his debt’

Henrietta Brewer
August 28, 2018

Trump's proclamation came just hours after the White House flag had been returned to full-staff, drawing complaints from right and left. The lawmaker and Vietnam War hero, who ran twice for US president, died at his home in Arizona at age 81. He also said he'd agreed to the McCain family's request for military transportation of the senator's remains from Arizona to Washington.

He added that his chief-of-staff John Kelly, vice president Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton would attend the funeral.

By day's end, Trump had done just that, with no immediate explanation from the White House.

U.S president Donald Trump, former United States presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and former presidential aspirant Hilary Clinton have taken to Twitter to express their heartfelt condolences to the McCain family and America for Senator John McCain's death.

But the move to lower the flag for a second time has been seen as bowing to pressure following the criticism. U.S. Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking.

Later that day, McCain's body will depart from Arizona and be flown to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Trump wrote. This remark was also posted on Trump's official Instagram account alongside a picture of the president. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts; Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia; and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, die during his presidency, proclaimed that flags should fly at half-staff for these senators until they were buried.

That followed reports that the United States president had decided not to issue a statement drafted by White House aides praising Mr McCain as a "hero", instead sending a brief tweet. Anything beyond that would require a presidential proclamation.

A formal ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at about 11 a.m. Friday, McCain's office announced, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to file by the senator's casket from 2 to 8 p.m. Trump, meanwhile, said in 2015 that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Scott Brown, now the US ambassador to New Zealand, said, "The USA has lost a hero, leader, and one of the most principled people I've ever know". On Monday, she also defended her comments from past year that McCain should have stepped down when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Should one of the Senate's three office buildings, in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol itself, continue to bear Russell's name?

While tributes have poured in highlighting the Arizona Republican's lifetime of service, Mr Trump issued a single, terse tweet on Saturday that sent his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the bereaved family, without any words for Mr McCain himself. Former Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

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