President Trump finally allows White House flag to fly half staff to honor late Senator McCain
President Trump made an official proclamation regarding Senator John McCain's death.
Senator John McCain, war hero, and former Republican presidential candidate passed away on August 24 of brain cancer.
It is customary for the flag at the White House to be flown at half-staff when a notable American is deceased. Though Congress and the Senate ordered the lowering of their flags, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue did not.
When President Donald Trump was asked to comment on McCain's death, he declined to do so and only made a statement 48 hours after the Senator's death.
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This statement comes a few hours after the American Legion's commander Denise Rohan addressed an open letter to the president stating that McCain was an American hero who deserved an appropriate presidential proclamation for "his legacy of service to our nation."
The delay is attributed to the long-standing enmity between the two men, both Republicans, but with very different political sensibilities.
McCain's last open letter to the United States seems to contain a veiled criticism of the Trump administration, advising the tearing down of walls, and the fight for the ideals that had founded the Nation.
"We weaken it [our greatness] when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been."
Also galling to the President must have been the ban the Senator had placed on Trump attending his funeral.
The President stated that despite their differences on policy and politics, he respected Senator John McCain's service to the country and had signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff.
President Trump has authorized full military honors for Senator McCain when he is buried on Sunday on Hospital Hill at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
These will include military transportation of the Senator’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Representing the White House at the funeral will be White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
All three men are war veterans, Kelly is a retired Army general, Mattis is a retired Marine Corps General, and Bolton is from the National Guard.