Flags at White House back at full staff after McCain's death

McCain battled glioblastoma for 10 months before stopping treatment

The federal code states that the flag shall be lowered on the day of death and the following day for a sitting member of Congress.

Citing unnamed current and former White House aides, the Post said Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other senior staff had advocated for a statement that called McCain a "hero".

When ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl asked the president for "any thoughts on the legacy of John McCain", Trump heard the question but ignored him several times during a Mexico trade announcement in front of reporters, according to Karl.

Trump did tweet out his sympathies for McCain's family after he died of brain cancer over the weekend.

The Arizona Republican, whose relationship with President Trump has always been fraught, died on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.

ABC News correspondent Karen Travers - among other journalists - tweeted a photo of the White House as of Monday morning, however, which showed the White House flags back at full staff.

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President Donald Trump frequently attacked and insulted McCain, one of his sharpest Republican critics, and reportedly objected to issuing a White House statement praising the senator's life. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" Trump made headlines in the summer of 2015 when he mocked McCain's military record at a political forum in Iowa, suggesting he wasn't a "war hero" because he had been held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for over five years.

John McCain meeting then-President Richard Nixon upon his release in 1973.

The flags at the U.S. Capitol, meanwhile, remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican. McCain served in the chamber for six terms, most recently as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

In Washington, McCain will lie in state Friday in the Capitol Rotunda with a formal ceremony and time for the public to pay respects. McCain was the deciding vote in Trump's Obamacare repeal push, and has spoken out numerous times regarding Trump's comments and actions towards Russian Federation.

On Saturday, former Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at a service at Washington National Cathedral.

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