After flag flap, Trump flips back to half-staff

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A group of current and former USA officials from across the political spectrum is set to take part in Saturday's memorial service for Senator John McCain, one of the last in a string of services honoring the longtime lawmaker who died Saturday at the age of 81. "Obviously we would have liked the honor to be extended further and would hope the president would extend that honor for the day of interment".

In response to another question, Davis told reporters that the family's thoughts were exclusively on McCain.

Trump says in a written statement Monday that he has asked Vice President Mike Pence to speak at a ceremony honoring McCain at the Capitol on Friday. "That's just a fact", Davis said, declining to reiterate what has already been reported about the McCain family's wishes.

Trump's only comment on McCain's death came in a tweet on Saturday offering "deepest sympathies and respect" to the late senator's family.

Over the weekend, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R, ordered the Maryland state flag to be lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain until his burial on Sunday. They also logged many miles side by side on campaign buses, and Graham thanked the McCain family for adopting him into the clan. The service will also include a performance of the Irish ballad "Danny Boy" by opera singer Renée Fleming.

'We very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country, ' he said. Two weeks after Sullivan was sworn into the Senate, McCain approached and told him that, as the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, he could appoint members to the Naval Academy's Board of Visitors and he wanted the freshman on the board.

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Before Trump's Monday afternoon statement , his only commentary on McCain's death had been a perfunctory tweet Saturday. The full text of a farewell message to the nation by U.S. senator John McCain, who died Saturday.

McCain brought up the issue in May during a visit that Graham initially believed would be his last conversation with his friend.

McCain and Graham's friendship dates back to the 1990s. "And we can try, as he summoned us to try, to restore the Senate to its rightful place in our national political life", Schumer said about the Republican he'd worked alongside since the early 1980s. Don't look to me to replace this man", Graham (R-S.C.) said in a tearful 15-minute speech remembering his mentor, calling on others "to follow in his footsteps.

McCain famously sank the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act previous year when he returned from treatment - a wound still healing above his eye - to cast a thumbs down vote right in front of McConnell.

The CNN panelists on Monday night acknowledged McCain's sacrifices to his country, but Santorum insisted that Trump's response was not relevant to the public discourse. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

"We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals".

"If we sent John a bill for all the planes he crashed, he'd never pay it off", Graham quipped.

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