Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to John McCain on Monday by recalling their own legislative battles while echoing the late senator's belief that there's more that unites than divides Americans. The Arizona Republican, whose relationship with President Trump has always been fraught, died Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.
U.S. Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress".
"On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his internment", said a statement to Trump from Denise Rohan, the organization's national commander.
Trump said Monday afternoon that he respects the senator's "service to our country" and signed a proclamation to fly the USA flag at half-staff until his burial. John McCain, are back at full-staff. A private funeral will follow at the Naval Academy Chapel and McCain is to be buried at the academy cemetery.
The marks of respect for McCain came not just from United States presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday.
After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for five days.
In the statement, McCain reflected on the privilege of serving his country and said he tried to do so honorably. In that missive, he was brief - and his words focused on the McCain family and didn't offer praise for the senator's legacy. Under state law, the governor's appointee to serve until the next general election in 2020 must come from the same political party.
Chancellor Angela Merkel called McCain: "A tireless fighter for a strong trans-Atlantic alliance".
But President Donald Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was "not a war hero", wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect. "He devoted his entire life to his country". In October 1967, the then US Navy pilot McCain parachuted out of his Skyhawk jet to be taken prisoner and spend more than five years as a prisoner of war.
"He had a joy about politics and a love for his country that was unmatched", Sen.