Former POW remembers Sen. John McCain

Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Edward Kennedy  greets Sen. John Mc Cain  before Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius'  confirmation hearing for secretary of Health and Human Services on Capitol Hill

McCain had been an outspoken critic of Trump since his early campaign days, and things got especially nasty when President Bone Spurs famously commented that he "likes people who weren't captured".

According to The Washington Post, the flags on Capitol Hill remain at half-staff.

United States senators have issued a bipartisan call to lower American flags in honour of John McCain after the White House raised its Stars and Stripes back up.

Trump sparred with the late senator numerous times over the past few years.

Following McCain's death on Saturday, the White House had flown its flags at half staff on Sunday, and then raised them to full staff minutes after midnight on Monday morning.

Before McCain died, he requested that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama speak at his funeral.

"John McCain was cantankerous at times - and proud of it - but always fighting to make our nation better", Corker continued. Vice President Mike Pence has been invited to that ceremony and is expected to attend.

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Governor of Arizona State Doug Ducey will appoint a nominee for the place of John McCain from the state in the U.S. Senate. While we don't know the reason why the White House has put their flags back to full-staff, many on Twitter are already guessing that it's the President's grudge against Senator McCain which has caused this rift with tradition.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted, "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain".

The White House issued no formal statement over the weekend about McCain's death, though one was drafted, according to USA media.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted thanks to McCain for his service to the country. A pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years. Chuck Schumer's spokesperson, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also requested the Department of Defense to "provide necessary support so that USA flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset" on the day of McCain's interment. In that missive, he was brief - and his words focused on the McCain family and didn't offer praise for the senator's legacy.

The American flag at the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday.

The president also says he's agreed to the McCain family's request for military transportation of McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington.

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