Tributes Pour in for Senator John McCain, But Not From Trump
28 August, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Essie Rivera
"I doubt you could find a comparable situation where the president doesn't order the flag flown at half-mast until the funeral", said John Lawrence, history professor at the University of California's Washington Center. I have loved my life, all of it.
Obama shared a message on behalf of his family, writing of the Republican senator, "John McCain and I were members of different generations, game from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics".
I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. He went on to attack McCain's service in the military, saying of the onetime prisoner of war: "I like people that weren't captured".
President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his statement following the death of John McCain, which did not say anything kind about the late senator and war hero. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications.
Former McCain campaign chairman Rick Davis outlined plans for five days of memorials to McCain, who died Saturday at age 81.
Karen Travers tweeted "Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning they are back to full staff".
Trump and McCain had a tense relationship, and McCain was one of the administration's most outspoken Republican critics.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this report stated that under "standard procedure", the USA flag remains at half-staff until after a senator's burial.
In his closing statement, McCain acknowledged he was not without his flaws but said he tried to serve the country "honorably". "But 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".
The White House flag-lowering that lasted less than 48 hours breaks from precedent that it is lowered until burial.
Before the flag was lowered again, the American Legion issued a statement urging the president to do so in keeping with "long-established protocol".
Instead of a Trump statement about McCain after his death, the White House posted tributes from numerous Trump officials praising McCain, who as the Republican nominee, lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama.
"It was he who took the lead in significantly healing the wounds of war, and normalising and promoting the comprehensive Vietnam-US partnership".
"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 wrote in the letter. "We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down".
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