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Donald Trump expresses 'respect' for John McCain and orders US flags to fly at half-mast after criticism

HuffPost published a headline that read, "White House lowers flag to half staff as nation honors John McCain".

Following the senator's death, Trump posted a tweet that offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to McCain's family but made no mention of McCain's storied service in the military and in the Senate.

President Trump reversed course Monday, ending his conspicuous silence about the death of his political rival Sen.

Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relented under pressure Monday by tersely recognising Senator John McCain's "service to our country" and re-lowering the White House flag.

The marks of respect for McCain came not just from United States presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday.

USA Today announced, "White House flag flies high as Donald Trump disses John McCain". "Godspeed Senator McCain. My prayers for Cindy and the lovely McCain family", he wrote. He paused. "Let me say this a better way".

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. Trump later told a crowd in Iowa that McCain was only a war hero "because he was captured".

The U.S. Flag Code states the flag should be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". So, the White House didn't break the rules, as Mr McCain died on Saturday and the flag was raised to its full height on Monday.

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"We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been", he added in an apparent reference to Mr Trump's plans for a border wall. Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser John Bolton will also represent the administration.

"I lived and died a proud American".

That friendship appears to have been a very strong one, as Variety reports Beatty and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be among the pallbearers at McCain's funeral service on Saturday.

Tributes have flooded in for the former presidential candidate and navy pilot, whose family said had chosen to end his treatment for brain cancer after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease a year ago.

Friction increased earlier this year after word surfaced that a West Wing aide had been dismissive of McCain during a closed-door meeting.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who co-sponsored the measure, was cautious Monday, saying he does "not want to get out ahead" before he talks to McCain's family. They choose to focus on that'.

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