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

Minnie Murray
August 27, 2018

Barring an official White House proclamation ordering flags nationwide to be flown at half-staff in McCain's honor, the top Senate Republican and Democrat on Monday requested that the Defense Department "provide necessary support so that United States flags on all government buildings remain at half-mast through sunset on the day of Senator McCain's interment", Schumer's communications director said.

The White House had lowered its flag to half staff on Sunday, but shortly after midnight, it was back at full stalf, in a clear break with precedent - which dictates that it be lowered until burial - and the USA flag code.

He said he was beaten on his capture and then transported to the infamous Hoa Lo prison, or "Hanoi Hilton", where he remained in gruelling conditions for five and a half years.

White House flag back at full staff today says it all.

- CJ (@CJintheKeys) August 27, 2018This morning I woke up to find out the White House flag is at full staff.

Travers also noted that flags at the Washington Monument remain lowered.

Over the weekend, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R, ordered the Maryland state flag to be lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain until his burial on Sunday.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

And Mr Trump himself issued flag flying proclamations following mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida. Trump tweeted condolences to McCain's family but made no reference to the Arizona senator.

Back in 1967, his Navy aircraft was shot down during a bombing mission and he was captured as a prisoner of war.

McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies", while Trump said McCain was a "dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy.

It will conclude almost a week of events honouring the man, whose body will lie in state on Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol and on Friday in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC, with a formal ceremony and time for the public to pay respects. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been invited to deliver eulogies.

Trump also took issue with McCain's move to block a repeal on the Affordable Care Act with his "no" vote, sparking the ire of the president.

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