White House flags back up after McCain death

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McCain was one of Trump's sharpest critics, and made clear in one of his final wishes as he struggled with brain cancer that he did not want the president to attend his funeral.

In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam ordered Virginia flags to be flown at half-staff over the state capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds until September 2nd in memory of McCain. Twitter users also bashed Trump for sharing an Instagram post about McCain's death that featured a picture of himself.

Following McCain's death, admirers have recalled with fondness his insistence on fair and civil discourse - in contrast with the frequent incivility of the United States president and his habit of coining unflattering descriptions of political foes.

Others have defended the president, saying that the White House did not disrespect McCain's passing since the US Flag Code, American flags are only meant to be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress", which is the procedure the White House followed.

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The White House has returned its flags to full-mast just two days after the death of Senator John McCain.

The absence of a formal White House statement has underscored Trump's isolation in a city where McCain's death otherwise has been a rare occasion for bipartisan praise for his lifetime in public service. He never apologized or walked-back his comments, despite the fact that McCain was imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam for more than five years. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country, and offered words of wisdom to his fellow Americans.

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. McCain was the deciding vote in Trump's Obamacare repeal push, and has spoken out numerous times regarding Trump's comments and actions towards Russian Federation.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to represent the White House at McCain's funeral service. The current president's likely absence could not be more conspicuous. John McCain, who had passed away a few hours earlier.