The American flag fluttering atop the White House became the focus of national attention for most of Monday as the United States administration calibrated its response to the passing of Republican senator John McCain, also a national hero and an unrelenting critic of President Donald Trump.
John McCain died on Saturday, a Republican seeking Arizona's other U.S. Senate seat suggested that his family's earlier announcement that he was ending cancer treatment had been timed to hurt her campaign.
Trump also authorized full military honors for McCain when he is buried on Sunday on Hospital Hill at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island will serve as a pallbearer at memorial services for late Arizona Sen. A funeral will be held Thursday. While Vice President Mike Pence is expected to participate in the ceremony at the Capitol on Friday, President Donald Trump will not play a role in any of the events.
McCain's body will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington before a procession passing by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. New York's flags remain at half-staff. "Later, we will discuss ways to permanently memorialize his legacy and service to our country", he said.
"Was McCain a hero?" he asked as Trump was meeting with the president of Kenya.
The marks of respect for McCain came not just from USA presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday. He had once questioned the senator being called a war hero because he got captured. He was a war hero because he was captured. "I think it's the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Vietnam-U.S. relations", Duyet was quoted as saying.
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It read: 'My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain.
"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Sen". Following McCain's death on Saturday, the White House had flown its flags at half staff on Sunday, and then raised them to full staff minutes after midnight on Monday morning. He issued a proclamation and the flag is once again at half mast. However, presidents often sign proclamations to extend that period of time.
He has faced criticism, including from veterans groups, about his response.
The two men had differed on more than just policy and politics, the president conceded in his statement.
"There are a number of proposals coming forward about ways to honor John McCain".