John McCain's death then raised back up on Monday in keeping with the United States flag code but to an outcry from the media and others who felt a flag proclamation from President Trump was in order. In his remarks Tuesday on the senator's death, Schumer again raised his proposal and said he would begin circulating a letter among his colleagues that day to drum up support. The president also said, "I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country", two days after issuing a very brief condolence statement on Twitter.
The president stubbornly refused repeated requests from officials as senior as Vice President Mike Pence and John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, to acknowledge Mr. McCain's death with a formal and unifying statement, according to four administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. It was unclear whether any successor would be inclined or able to play the role of public foil to Trump that McCain did, most notably in July 2017 when he cast the vote that blocked a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
While he eventually agreed to lower the White House flag in honor of Sen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) proposed on Tuesday a plan to create a bipartisan group ― or "gang", as he called it ― of senators to study how best to honor the late Sen. "On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his internment".
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During events attended by reporters on Monday at the White House, Trump ignored questions about his McCain response. Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress".
McCain will be just the third person to lie in state in the Rotunda of the Arizona statehouse over the past 40 years, organizers of the ceremony said.
'We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe, ' McCain's statement read. He took office in Arizona in the early 1980s, first as a congressman and then as a senator in the seat once held by Sen. "We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been".
McCain's family, however, are focused on their lost loved one. One possibility is a portrait in the Senate's reception room. "I like people who were not captured", Trump had said, not mentioning his multiple deferments from military service during the Vietnam War over a bone spur.