Trump Breaks Near-Silence on Death of Sen. John McCain

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Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of NY is leading an effort, along with Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, to rename the Senate's oldest office building for McCain, the longtime GOP senator from Arizona who died Saturday.

His successor will serve through 2020 and face a special election in 2022, and also bring the GOP's razor-thin Senate majority back up to 51-49, at least until this November's midterm election winners take office next January, which conservatives hope will bring a new opportunity to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.

Sen. John McCain's heroism and code of honor, duty and unifying pragmatism will endure as a powerful historical example. And we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country.

Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff over the weekend in McCain's honor, but back at full-staff on Monday. John McCain - he wants to lead a march in McCain's footsteps.

Trump, a political foe of McCain, issued a statement Monday afternoon after receiving backlash to say the White House flag would remain at half-staff until McCain is interred.

So President Donald Trump appeared to change his mind.

President Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for almost five days after Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009.

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Former US president Bill Clinton, who had Franklin sing at his 1993 inauguration celebrations, will be among the speakers. Outside the museum, she said: "I know people are sad, but it's just celebrating - people dancing and singing her music".

'We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe, ' McCain's statement read.

Schumer, who worked closely with McCain on immigration and other issues, said that "as you go through life, you meet few truly great people" and that McCain was one of them.

Trump had faced widespread criticism for initially rejecting a statement written by his aides praising McCain.

But U.S. President Donald Trump, who frequently engaged in political taunts with McCain and three years ago said McCain was only deemed a hero because he was captured as a POW, was criticized after his initial reactions to McCain's death only expressed condolences to his family and didn't mention his military service or political career.

Trump wants to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Mr. McCain will be buried on Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in a private funeral service.

As the country continues to mourn Arizona Sen. Another idea is to add a portrait of McCain to a reception room right off the Senate floor. Bob Corker said he was "all for" renaming the building in McCain's honor but that "there'll probably be some discussion about that" in both parties.