Colyer orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor McCain

President Trump may not attend Senator McCain's funeral

Recent traditions saw flags lowered to half-mast between the Member of Congress' death and their burial.

The flag was lowered to half-staff on the day of McCain's death and the following day as established by the federal code.

The US flag at the White House was back at full staff Monday morning - in contrast to the US Capitol - after being lowered over the weekend to mark McCain's death Saturday of brain cancer at age 81.

McCain will lie in the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, and then the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Travis Gettys is an editor for Raw Story.




In the years since, McCain has been Trump's loudest - and often a lonely - Republican critic, especially as the president disrupted America's longtime alliances. Pres Trump did not issue proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday at the @NavalAcademy.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the White House at McCain's funeral service. But the President has the authority to order a longer period of mourning. Trump repeatedly groused in public about what turned out to be McCain's final vote in the Senate last summer, blocking an Affordable Care Act repeal measure.

Hume wasn't the only one to point out Trump's lackluster tribute to McCain. "I think it's actually respectful of the president to give it space and distance and to allow the family its opportunity to celebrate John McCain's life".

Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama - a Republican and a Democrat - have been asked to deliver eulogies.

Throughout Trump's presidency, McCain did not hesitate to speak candidly about policy differences with Trump, including the president's friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump also has refused to issue a presidential proclamation for McCain, which would be typical when a man of McCain's stature passes.

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