Leaders send sympathies over passing of US Senator John McCain

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Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman of CT, who was one of McCain's closest friends in the Senate, said the death of McCain means America has lost one of its greatest patriots and public servants in its history.

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Saturday at the age of 81 after a long career in public service, will be remembered in multiple ceremonies this week. Former Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

On the same day, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang, while answering reporters' questions on the passing away of US Senator John McCain, said Vietnam would like to extend the deepest sympathy to the family of the senator and the US Congress.

"We treasure efforts made by McCain in building and developing the Vietnam-US relations over the past decades", she stressed.

The flags were lowered Saturday night following McCain's death from brain cancer, but President Donald Trump did not issue a proclamation that typically calls for flags to remain at half staff through the day of interment. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at the service.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump had rejected the advice of top aides who advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a "hero".

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"We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been", he said - an apparent reference to Trump's plans for a border wall.

When veterans' groups launched appeals for a more fitting salute to Mr. McCain, a Navy veteran who was imprisoned for more than five years in Vietnam, the Republican leader - who had no love lost for the Arizona senator - blinked.

McCain was a noted critic of Trump, and Trump's response to McCain's death has been closely watched.

Tributes poured in from around the globe.

FILE - John McCain is administered to in a Hanoi, Vietnam hospital as a prisoner of war in the fall of 1967.

"If John McCain can forgive the North Vietnamese torturers, we can at least forgive each other". "He devoted his entire life to his country". "His significance went well beyond his own country".

By day's end, Trump had done just that, with no immediate explanation from the White House.

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