White House flags back up after McCain death

John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

Late Monday afternoon, the flag flying at the White House was lowered to half-staff to honor the late Sen. The six-term senator, longtime lawmaker and former presidential nominee lost his battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer a little more than a year after revealing the diagnosis. John McCain's service and he will lie in state in both the nation's capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape Sunday.

US President Donald Trump was not expected to attend any of the services and had not mentioned McCain before US flags over the White House began Monday morning at full-staff.

Trump said Monday afternoon that he respects the senator's "service to our country" and signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial. John McCain, but it was never sent out, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. McCain's final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The marks of respect for McCain came not just from USA presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts; Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia; and Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, die during his presidency, proclaimed that flags should fly at half-staff for these senators until they were buried.

The statement, drafted before the senator's death Saturday, would have commended the Arizona Republican for his military service and his decades in the Senate.

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Arizona law requires the governor of the state to name an appointee of the same political party who will serve until the next general election. A statement from Ducey's office said that "now is a time for remembering and honoring a consequential life". In that missive, he was brief - and his words focused on the McCain family and didn't offer praise for the senator's legacy. There's also the sensitive question of who will succeed McCain.

Other tributes poured in from around the globe. "His significance went well beyond his own country". "He devoted his entire life to his country".

"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain". As I'm certain you are aware, he served five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain.

"He had a joy about politics and a love for his country that was unmatched", Sen.

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