White House flags back up after McCain death

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After McCain passed on Saturday, Graham tweeted that "American and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions", and said he'd need time to process his friend's death. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects at the State Capitol.

During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump mocked McCain's war service.

At about 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, a private memorial service will take place at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following the service, McCain will be laid to rest in a private burial ceremony at the Naval Academy's Cemetery grounds.

Tributes have been paid in Vietnam to John McCain, the American senator and former navy pilot shot down over Hanoi during the U.S. war with the southeast Asian nation.

However, after widespread criticism came over United States media, the flags were again lowered on Monday afternoon as Trump made his first reference to McCain: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country".

McCain will lie in state in the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, the day McCain would have turned 82 years old, according to the state's governor, Doug Ducey.

In more than three decades in Congress, McCain became known as a political maverick willing to stick to his convictions rather than go along with party leaders - an independent streak that has drawn a mix of respect and ire.

Trump and McCain had a bitter relationship that lasted through McCain's final days.

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A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries".

The American flag that flies above the White House was at full staff on Monday-shortly after it was lowered in honor of Sen.

Trump also said in the statement that he would send Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and National Security Adviser John Bolton to represent the administration at McCain's services.

President Donald Trump, who had famously feuded with McCain, tweeted condolences, saying that "hearts and prayers" are with the McCain family.

Trump's proclamation came just hours after the White House flag had been returned to full-staff, drawing complaints from right and left. And Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, called McCain "a tireless fighter for a strong trans-Atlantic alliance".

We should never forget John Sidney McCain. "His significance went well beyond his own country".

McCain was the son and grandson of admirals and followed them to the U.S. Naval Academy.

McCain was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, and, after serving two terms, was elected to the U.S Senate in 1986. Americans never quit. We never surrender.

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