Farewell statement from Sen. John McCain

30 August, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Rick Davis, who is also McCain's campaign manager and longtime adviser, said at a news conference in Phoenix that Vice President Mike Pence will serve as the Trump administration designee at a ceremony honoring McCain on Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. The flags surrounding the Washington monument are still at half staff.

The Hill reported that several officials at the White House prepared a longer statement which called McCain a hero, yet Trump passed on the message and opted for a tweet.

McCain famously helped preserve the Affordable Care Act in a Senate vote past year, blocking Trump's legislative goals of dismantling the health care law. Soon after his death, former presidents, lawmakers, and others all issued statements praising McCain's accomplishments. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after his death.

While the White House has moved the American flag back to full-staff in an insult to deceased Senator John McCain, the Capitol continues to fly the flag at half-staff.

His final memorial service, a private ceremony will take place at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Trump's proclamation came just hours after the White House flag had been returned to full-staff, drawing complaints from right and left.

Usually, flags are lowered by Presidential proclamation, as Barack Obama ordered for three senators during his tenure as president - as well as for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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The McCain family had reportedly asked the president not to attend McCain's funeral even before he died this weekend at age 81.

The flags at the U.S. Capitol, meanwhile, remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican, who died Saturday of brain cancer.

Presidents get wide latitude in deciding when to lower the flags, and for how long.

"Senator McCain served our great nation honorably for decades, and I enjoyed working with him on numerous veterans issues", Roe said. He fought as a pilot in Vietnam, where his plane was shot down and he was held as a prisoner of war for five years.

The U.S. Flag Code states the flag should be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress".

The American flag at the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday. For my father's part, everyone knew how passionate (Ted Kennedy) was and that was known for John McCain. "My deepest sympathy and respect of the family of Senator John McCain".

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