John McCain: White House urged to lower flags for senator

Paul Sancya  AP FILE

Paul Sancya AP FILE

ABC News reports its chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl, was a man on a mission of sorts on Monday, asking the president almost a dozen questions about McCain and receiving no reply.

Gonzalez will be one of the 6 men selected to carry McCain's casket at his funeral on Thursday - and tells TMZ Sports the late Arizona senator had been planning out the event for months.

Trump had faced widespread criticism for initially rejecting a statement written by his aides praising McCain.

McCain died on Saturday after battling brain cancer. Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump called McCain a "patriot who served with distinction" and said his death has united the nation in mourning.

In his proclamation, Trump said that the US flag will be flown "at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds" as well as at all military posts and naval stations across the United States and around the world, including "all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions".

"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Sen".

The president can also decide to give this mark of respect for leading figures in national life, whether political or non-political. Trump's antipathy for McCain bordered on the personal.

There is no sign that grass-roots conservatives are about to return to the loftier, more traditional views embodied by McCain - even as he is being lauded in the political world as a paragon of self-sacrifice and patriotic service.

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McCain was known for his temper and short fuse but, while he often got into tiffs with fellow senators, reporters, and others he usually would get over the disagreement and form a working relationship. More recently, he had termed Trump's performance at a news conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin as "disgraceful".

"John taught us how to lose", he said, recalling McCain's concession speech after losing to Barack Obama.

The death of senator John McCain has left his Republican party ever more firmly in the hands of Donald Trump, without a voice willing to challenge the president's most extreme statements and policies.

His funeral is slated to be held on Sunday.

McCain, himself, got in a final word on Monday, when his longtime aide Rick Davis read a letter to America the senator dictated before he died.

We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals.

"Jeff remember that, maybe you can break the string", Graham said to Sen. We will come through them stronger than before - we always do. "Let's focus on the man and what he did, and his life - but the media seems to have this fascination to try to use the death of John McCain to further betlittle and beat up Donald Trump".

"He failed a lot but he never quit", Graham added.

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