I respected John McCain, says former jailer in Vietnam

Flags at White House back at full staff after McCain’s death
Flags at White House back at full staff after McCain’s death
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30 August, 2018

"I admired him, that he understood what was right and what was wrong, to be alongside Vietnamese people to overcome the past and build a better future for the two countries", he said. Typical practice is for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment.

The Hill reported that several officials at the White House prepared a longer statement which called McCain a hero, yet Trump passed on the message and opted for a tweet. McCain's vote last summer against a Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act ensured the defeat of one of Trump's signature policy initiatives. Soon after his death, former presidents, lawmakers, and others all issued statements praising McCain's accomplishments. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his years of service to the United States and urged Americans to "not despair of our present difficulties". Vice President Mike Pence has also been invited to the funeral. McCain's final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The American flag at the White House flies at full staff August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Sen.

McCain died on Saturday of brain cancer.at the age of 81.

President Donald Trump will not attend the funeral of U.S. Sen.

Many are perceiving Trump's refusal to issue a proclamation around McCain's death, and quickness to restore the flags to full-mast, is another sign of his animosity towards the former Senator, who died on Saturday, just over a year after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had some sharp words to share this morning on Twitter, saying, "Senator McCain was twice the public elected official Donald Trump will ever be".

"Mr. President any thoughts on John McCain?" reporters repeatedly shouted at the ender of the presser, as Trump continued to ignore them.

But Trump has released a tweet of condolence.

The American flag at the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff to mark McCain's death.

McCain, the son of a high-ranking US Navy officer, served in Vietnam as a lieutenant commander and was captured in 1967 as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down while on a bombing mission over the country's north. Poroshenko said McCain was upset when it was suggested he stay back.


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