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READ: Donald Trump Issues Proclamation Honoring John McCain, Orders Flags at Half Staff

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John McCain and Donald Trump (Credit: Jennifer Stewart, Win McNamee)

President Donald Trump succumbed to immense public outrage on Monday and ordered United States flags at all government buildings and facilities lowered to half-staff to honor Senator John McCain (R-AZ) who passed away Saturday night.

The White House had lowered the flag on Sunday night before raising it again on Monday. The flag will now remain at half-staff until the day of McCain’s interment—the customary procedure for those of McCain’s stature. The White House released the proclamation this afternoon.

The president also released his first statement outside of a tweet addressing the character and service of John McCain, saying

Despite our differences in politics and policy, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff until the day of his interment.

The president’s initial remarks were relayed via Twitter and addressed to McCain’s family.

For many, however, the move of lowering the flag now is too little, too late.

The president’s ire for John McCain has been longstanding, originally gaining infamy with comments from Trump that McCain, who spent nearly six years as a prisoner of war, was “not a war hero” because he was captured.

As recently as four days before the senator’s death, the president, while speaking at a rally in West Virginia, appeared to imply that McCain was unreliable:

We’ve got really no majority. We have—if you really look at it, probably we could say 49-49, 51-49. We have some people that aren’t able to vote. We have some people that are a little unreliable. They don’t exactly like what I’ve done to their career. They don’t love what I’ve done and that’s okay. And I don’t like what they’ve done either.

McCain famously shattered the president’s hope of fulfilling a pillar of his 2016 campaign: the repeal of Obamacare. In a tie-breaking vote, McCain broke with many in his party to maintain Obamacare until an adequate replacement plan could be reached.

McCain, whom to many represented an era of decency in American politics widely feared to be waning, was never afraid to stand up to the president.

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