White House lowers flag for McCain again after backlash


The flag at the top of the White House has been lowered for a second time following criticism that it was raised to full mast too soon after veteran senator John McCain’s death.

US President Donald Trump has said he respects the senator’s “service to our country” and has signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial.

Mr McCain died on Saturday, aged 81, after choosing to end medical treatment for brain cancer.

The White House flag flew at half-mast over the weekend but was raised on Monday and then lowered again after a backlash.

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“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” the president has now said.

The proclamation affects the flag atop the White House and all public buildings, as well as military installations and embassies.

Rick Davis, former campaign manager for Mr McCain, a two-time presidential candidate, has said the president will not attend his funeral.

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John McCain died from brain cancer

Mr Trump said vice president Mike Pence would speak at a remembrance ceremony on Friday at the US Capitol.

Defence secretary Jim Mattis, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton will represent Mr Trump at a memorial service, the president added.

Mr Trump and Mr McCain had a long-running feud.

The president tweeted about Mr McCain after his death but has passed up several chances to comment publicly on the Arizona senator.

He has faced criticism, including from veterans groups, about his response.

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The Clintons called Mr McCain a ‘skilled, tough politician’

In a letter, the national commander of the American Legion, Denise Rohan, urged the White House to “follow long-established protocol following the death of prominent government officials” and honour Mr McCain.

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

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