White House wobbles on U.S. flag after McCain death

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The president tweeted his condolences to McCain's family but made no reference to the Arizona senator.

Trump's remarks-or lack thereof-came after the president and McCain sparred on a variety of topics over the last few years.

Mr Trump declined to answer numerous shouted questions about Mr McCain from reporters in the White House's Oval Office on Monday morning after an announcement on trade.

After Trump noted the death of McCain in a concise and rather dryly-worded tweet on Saturday, without issuing an official statement, he faced a fierce backlash from both Democrats and Republicans.

Of course, there are a lot of layers to McCain's last dig aimed at Trump - McCain had been a disciple of Ronald Reagan, who infamously urged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall and was invested in winning the Cold War against Russian Federation.

"The media quickly ran with a false narrative that I was being insensitive to Senator McCain at a time when he found himself in dire straits", Ward said at the news conference.

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He said: 'Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment'. McCain and Trump have been far from friends since 2015, when Trump said he felt that McCain wasn't a war hero because he liked "people who haven't been captured".

Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relented under pressure Monday by tersely recognizing Sen. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. "And I guess we're not shocked by it anymore, but it was so small and so petty and so trifling that even folks in the White House were reaching out to me and saying how much they hated what he was doing". He did, however, ask that Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies. Our hearts and prayers are with you!' "But believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here". McCain will be buried Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in a private funeral service.

John McCain reportedly asked that Donald Trump not attend his funeral.

Presidents normally follow Congress' lead on the death of a prominent lawmaker and order flags lowered until sunset on the day of burial.

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state never wavered: "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom".