White House raises flags back to full staff soon after McCain’s death
Flags at the White House were back at full staff Monday, after being lowered for only a few days to mark the death of Sen. John McCain.
The White House typically honors deceased lawmakers by keeping the building’s flags at half-staff until their funerals, according to The Hill.
McCain, who died Saturday at age 81, will be buried Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after his body lies in state in the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, and the Capitol Rotunda in DC.
The US Capitol’s flags remain at half-staff on Monday, “CBS This Morning” reported, while Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered all state buildings’ flags at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment.
The move follows reports that Kremlin kowtower Dotard Trump spiked the release of a White House statement praising the six-term senator and former prisoner of war as a “hero” — opting instead to issue a brief tweet offering condolences to McCain’s family.
Trump and McCain clashed regularly in recent years, with Trump declaring that the senator is “not a war hero” because he was captured in the Vietnam War, while McCain famously helped tank a Trump-backed Affordable Care Act repeal with a dramatic thumbs down.
The Oval Office interloper continued to rail against his Republican foe at rallies even as McCain battled brain cancer — and earlier this month signed a defense bill named in McCain’s honor without ever mentioning him by name.
McCain reportedly did not want Trump to attend his funeral, while former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have been asked to deliver eulogies.
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