Support builds for plan to rename Senate building for John McCain

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The lack of a formal statement - combined with the fact that White House flags were flown at half-staff only briefly - drew strong criticism from Republicans and veterans' groups as well as Democrats.

After President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim a "52 percent overall" approval rating just one day after Senator John McCain's death and hours after a gunman opened fire at a video game tournament in Florida, many of his followers pointed out how he may be the only US president not to be invited to two funerals of prominent political figures and one royal wedding. After lowering the flag once more, that proclamation came Monday afternoon; Reuters describes it as being issued in a "delayed" manner, noting that presidents typically take their cue from Congress when a high-profile lawmaker dies.

As Trump has run roughshod over his own top advisers - ignoring bipartisan and independent views that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 elections to try to help him - many Republicans have tended to sit back and allow McCain to speak out for their worldview.

The CNN panelists on Monday night acknowledged McCain's sacrifices to his country, but Santorum insisted that Trump's response was not relevant to the public discourse.

Amid all the bickering, Sellers sought to bring the focus back to the late Arizona senator: "I will just say this, John McCain deserves a better dialogue than what we're having right now".

"Do not despair of our present difficulties", he wrote.

McCain died Saturday from an aggressive form of brain cancer.

McCain filled so many spaces in the GOP's intellectual firmament that, as Graham and other colleagues said, no single Republican is poised to fill that role.

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Graham stood next to McCain's desk, draped in black with a vase of white roses on top.

"Senator John McCain was an American hero and cherished member of The American Legion", read the letter, signed by Denise Rohan, the Legion's National Commander. "It put us all in a bad position to explain why we would be putting our flags back up", said one employee at a post office who had to deal with the confusion. According to Politico, congressional leaders announced that the senator will lie in the Capitol rotunda on Friday, an honor only bestowed to 31 other Americans in history.

A memorial service will be held in the National Cathedral in Washington on Saturday.

McConnell and McCain tangled over several issues, including McConnell's attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which failed on McCain's surprise "no" vote. That prompted many Americans to lower flags to half-staff, a traditional gesture of honor.

McCain's death could give Trump even greater leverage over a rightward-tilting Republican party as he fights for his political life against the Russian Federation meddling and obstruction investigations.

McCain will be buried Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Godspeed John McCain, from your fellow Americans. "I think this would be a particularly good one, but I want to make sure the family is OK with it", Flake said.

The son and grandson of Navy admirals, Mr McCain was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

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