White House raises white flag over John McCain tribute

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting Senator John Mc Cain during a visit to Israel in 2015

The White House flag once again was lowered to half staff on Monday after President Donald Trump signed a proclamation to honor John McCain, after much criticism of the way that Trump responded to the Arizona senator's death. But when McCain passed away on Saturday at age 81 after a battle with brain cancer, Trump rejected its release, the Washington Post reported. At services there, McCain will be honored by several members of the Arizona congressional delegation.

"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he told the newspaper Vietnam News, published by the official Vietnam News Agency. "I like people that weren't captured", Trump said at a campaign event in Iowa in 2015. On Saturday, a procession will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and arrive for a funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.

McCain died August 25, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer - glioblastoma - the same type that led to the death of Biden's son Beau in 2015. Add John McCain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest John McCain news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this report stated that under "standard procedure", the USA flag remains at half-staff until after a senator's burial.

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Pham Gia Minh, a 62-year-old businessman who signed the condolence book at the embassy, said he witnessed Vietnamese civilians being killed by the U.S bombings of North Vietnam, including on Christmas in Hanoi in 1972, but he admired McCain for overcoming the hard past to build better ties between the two countries.

"I had a lot of time to think over there, and came to the conclusion that one of the most important things in life-along with a man's family-is to make some contribution to his country", McCain said. "The president did express his condolences to the family". We are citizens of the world's greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil.

Tributes and remembrances of the life of Senator John McCain continue to pour in as the USA prepares for a week of commemorations in three cities. We never hide from history. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates.

"Do not despair of our present difficulties, but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here", McCain went on to write.

USA senators have issued a bipartisan call to lower American flags in honour of John McCain after the White House raised its Stars and Stripes back up.

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