John McCain: Flags return to full-staff after senator's death

Glen Mclaughlin
August 28, 2018

The flag was flown at half-staff to mark the passing Saturday of the 81-year-old McCain after a battle with brain cancer, but was flying high the following day.

Hours after the White House opted to stop lowering the building's flags to honor the late Senator John McCain, top US Senators have made a bipartisan push to keep the Americans flags at all government buildings lowered for the lawmaker who passed on Saturday.

Edward M. Kennedy, President Obama ordered flags to fly at half-staff for five days.

The U.S. mission in Vietnam plans to launch a fellowship in honor of McCain for a young Vietnamese leader committed to public service to travel on a U.S. study tour.

Travis Gettys is an editor for Raw Story.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is sure to be asked about the American flag placement at today's White House briefing. Former President Barack Obama issued such an order for the late senators Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Edward Kennedy of MA, among others. "I think it's actually respectful of the president to give it space and distance and to allow the family its opportunity to celebrate John McCain's life".

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the White House at McCain's funeral service.

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". McCain served in the U.S. Senate for 31 years. Instead, the family reportedly requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies for the Arizona senator. The current president's likely absence could not be more conspicuous.

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.

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