Cross-country farewell for John McCain

Cross-country farewell for John McCain

Trump has followed the US flag code: The flags need to be lowered for a member of Congress only on the day of their death and the day after.

Mr. Obama, who defeated McCain in 2008 presidential race, issued a statement shortly after McCain's death saying that "we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". He spent more than five years in the Hanoi Hilton.

It was the start of what promises to be a hard week for Trump.

Trump had feuded with McCain for years, most notably in 2016 when Trump said McCain was "not a war hero" because he was captured by North Vietnamese troops.

The deceased on the night of 26 August, Senator John McCain has had a long and winding life albeit - but one of the key episodes in his life was participation in the Vietnam war and its capture by the Vietnamese military.

Sources told The Post that aides including the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the chief of staff, John Kelly, pushed for a personalized statement praising McCain's longtime service both in the Navy and in Congress.

A rare Republican critic of Trump, McCain had accused the president of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathizing with autocrats, especially after Trump's widely criticized appearance in Helsinki alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump's brief Twitter statement said "hearts and prayers" are with the McCain family.

One of McCain's long-serving Senate colleagues, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday, "The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service".

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Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen. On Sunday, an admiring tribute to McCain tweeted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democratic candidate for a NY congressional seat, was greeted by hundreds of vitriolic replies attacking the dead senator and branding Ocasio-Cortez a sellout and a panderer for praising him. The repeal was a Trump priority, and the president never forgave McCain.

President Donald Trump was not expected to attend any of the services. "John, you will be missed", the current president of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, tweeted.

At a June rally in Duluth, Minnesota Trump referenced McCain's "no" vote on the Affordable Care Act by giving a thumbs-down gesture and eliciting boos from the crowd.

I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday. John McCain's family that he would end his cancer treatment was created to hurt her campaign, saying her comment had been misinterpreted. He died a day later.

Past honorees include former presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

Before President Richard Nixon's funeral in 1994, he and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, had not spoken to each other in more than 20 years, as Agnew held a grudge against Nixon for pushing him to resign.

"From Washington all the way through to President Obama, presidents have had to play a unifying and even transcendent role in affirming a sense of national unity", Meacham said.

It also contrasted with the flood of heartfelt tributes that came from both Republicans and Democrats, including former president Barack Obama, as well as Trump's own wife Melania Trump, and from foreign leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.

"That says all that we need to know about John McCain - that his opponents love, admire and respect him", Flake said during an emotional appearance on CNN's "State of the Union".