After flag flap, Trump flips back to half-staff

Pearl Mccarthy
August 28, 2018

The contest has been overshadowed in recent days by the death on Saturday of John McCain, Arizona's longtime Republican senator.

The flag atop the White House flew at half-staff over the weekend in recognition of McCain's death but was raised Monday and then lowered again amid criticism.

When he finally did comment, in a printed statement, Trump was sparing with his praise for the six-term senator: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country".

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third. "John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Vietnam-US relations so I was very fond of him", Vietnam News quoted Duyet as saying Sunday.

In a letter, the national commander of the American Legion, Denise Rohan, urged the White House to "follow long-established protocol following the death of prominent government officials" and honour Mr McCain.

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote that McCain was: "A true American hero".

"John McCain's death offers a moment to think about the insurgency in the GOP that vexed him during his final decade as a politician, and that produced in Donald Trump a man he seemed to loathe, but couldn't figure out how to stop".

The enmity between Mr. Trump and Mr. McCain dates from the day the real estate tycoon announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination with an attack on Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

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The four proceeded for a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office before addressing the media with short statements. And we are here to cement that partnership. "We do a lot of trade".

Howard Kurtz weighs in on why Senator John McCain's sendoff has become a political litmus test. "And while he never made it to the presidency, in the Senate, he was the leader that would see a hot spot in the world and just say, we need to go there and stand up for that democracy".

President Donald Trump issued a statement on August 27, about the passing of Sen.

Rick Davis, a former presidential campaign manager for Senator McCain who is serving as a family spokesman, read the farewell message on Monday at a press briefing in Phoenix.

In his farewell statement issued on Monday McCain said: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe".

"It's truly one of the greatest honors of my life to be able to talk about somebody who served his country so passionately and had been so dedicated to policies of this nation", Fitzgerald said Monday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at the service on Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral.

He also said he'd agreed to the McCain family's request for military transportation of the senator's remains from Arizona to Washington.

Critics said this didn't show the usual level of respect for a public figure of Mr McCain's stature.

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