Trump won't attend funerals, memorials for John McCain

Tran Trong Duyet the former director of the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison grew to respect the young John McCain

Presidents have often signed proclamations lowering flags to half-staff from the day a sitting senator dies through the day he or she is buried.

Donald Trump rejected a statement prepared by his aides that praised John McCain, according to the Washington Post, underscoring the United States president's enduring scorn for the late senator and war hero.

The White House flag is no longer flying at half-staff in honor of the late Sen.

Flags remained at half staff along the National Mall, around the Washington Monument and at the Capitol on Monday to honor McCain, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump.

Travis Gettys is an editor for Raw Story.

While on the campaign trail in 2015, then-candidate Trump suggested McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured in Vietnam.

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The flags at the White House had been lowered a day earlier but were back up on Monday in a break with tradition. President Trump did not issue a formal proclamation following his death but did tweet his condolences to McCain's family. Former President Barack Obama issued such an order for the late senators Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Edward Kennedy of MA, among others.

Duyet added that following McCain's release, when he became a US Senator, "he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Vietnam-US relations, so I was very fond of him".

The statement was given to Trump for his approval, but according to the paper, which cited current and former White House aides, the president said he preferred to tweet instead.

McCain and Trump had a contentious history. Vice President Joe Biden is now slated to speak.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama - a Republican and a Democrat - have been asked to deliver eulogies.

Senator McCain will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who passed away in 2014.

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