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The death of U.S. Senator John McCain on August 25 has evoked an outpouring of sentiment in both the United States and in Vietnam, where McCain's honorable military service and political leadership made a profound and lasting difference.

A senior White House official rejected the notion of Trump as persona non grata, saying for example that it is not the norm for sitting presidents to attend the funerals of former first ladies, in part because of disruption it causes.

Right after McCain's death, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, announced he wanted to introduce a resolution to rename the Russell Senate office building after McCain, but that was met with a mixed response from Republicans, many of whom said it was too soon to talk about such a major change.

On Monday, Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh wrote in a condolence book at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, "It was he who took the lead in significantly healing the wounds of war, and normalizing and promoting the comprehensive Vietnam-U.S. partnership".

So President Donald Trump appeared to change his mind.

After Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, in which Trump did not endorse United States intelligence findings on Russian election meddling over Putin's denial, McCain said: "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser John Bolton will also represent the administration.

With the proclamation and statement, Mr Trump was conforming to standard protocol when a prominent member of government dies.

'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, ' McCain's statement read.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer proposed renaming the Senate's oldest office building in McCain's honor after the veteran Republican senator died Saturday from brain cancer. Two days after Sen.

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In response to another question, Davis told reporters that the family's thoughts were exclusively on McCain.

Throughout McCain's illness, Trump continued to publicly snub him - including at a recent appearance in which the president declined to say McCain's name when signing a bill that was named for him. We will come through them stronger than before - we always do.

Former Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at McCain's memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday.

"We're not talking about a president going and having a rally in a state that voted against him", said Tim Naftali, a presidential historian at New York University who previously served as the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

McCain will be buried on Sunday in a private ceremony at the US Naval Academy chapel.

Tributes have poured in from every living former president honoring the former Navy aviator for his courage, integrity and decency.

As a reminder of McCain's absence, his desk in the Senate chamber remained empty, covered in a black cloth topped with a vase of white roses.

Senators returning to work were saddened by his passing.

Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for renaming the Russell Senate Office Building after John McCain, it was widely seen as a fitting testament to the late Republican senator's legacy and his bipartisan approach during more than three decades in Congress. Our words are too often cheap and imminently forgettable but John McCain paid our freight with his body and with his soul.

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