White House flag at full-staff after short McCain tribute

White House flag at full-staff after short McCain tribute

White House flag at full-staff after short McCain tribute

The US flag at the White House was back at full staff Monday morning - in contrast to the US Capitol - after being lowered over the weekend to mark McCain's death Saturday of brain cancer at age 81.

Traditionally, presidents issue a proclamation to extend the period of time where the flags are flown at half-staff after the death of a member of Congress.

Had Trump issued a statement honoring McCain, "the media would criticize it and say it is not consistent with the other things he said in the past and become a story about the president", former White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Monday on CNN.

Over the past year and a half of his life, McCain was one of President Trump's biggest opponents, appearing to put his beliefs of what he thought was best for America, over partisan politics.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" McCain spent over five years at the infamous prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, where he was reportedly tortured.

In 1973, two months after the ceasefire in Vietnam, McCain, painfully thin and with a limp, was handed over to the United States military during a ceremony with his fellow prisoners of war.

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Col. Tran Trong Duyet, who ran Hoa Lo Prison while McCain was held there for almost six years, told the paper that he grew to admire him during the time he was in captivity.

McCain said the battles in Vietnam prepared him for high office.

McCain will lie in state at the Arizona State Capitol and at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. before his burial on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy. McCain served in the chamber for six terms, most recently as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

Still, Trump did send out this message on Twitter on Sunday.

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

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