Donald Trump Won't Attend John McCain's Funeral, Says US Senator's Spokesman

An American flag above the White House flies at full-staff less than 48 hours after the death of Sen. John McCain Monday Aug. 27 2018 in Washington

During his three decades in the Senate, McCain - the son and grandson of four-star admirals who graduated from the Naval Academy and served his country as a fighter pilot - was known as a staunch advocate for freedom around the world.

The message was released on Monday as a statement by McCain's longtime adviser Rick Davis, two days after the veteran Republican senator succumbed to a yearlong battle with brain cancer at the age of 81.

"Mr. President, any thoughts on John McCain?".

The others also speaking: Former vice president Joe Biden, former McCain chief of staff and Arizona state attorney general Grant Woods, businessman Tommy Espinoza, McCain's son Andrew and his daughter Bridget.

By day's end, Trump had done just that, with no immediate explanation from the White House.

In Washington, Mr. McCain's death has been a rare occasion for bipartisan praise for his lifetime in public service. On Saturday, his body will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and arrive for a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

The American flag at the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday.

"If the president put out a flowery statement about John McCain's life, the media would criticize it and say it's not consistent with the other things he's said in the past, and it would become a story about the president", Short said during an appearance on CNN.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is not expected to attend any of the services.

"The president will not be, as far as we know, attending the funeral".

Following Mr McCain's death, admirers have recalled with fondness his insistence on fair and civil discourse - in contrast with the frequent incivility of Mr Trump and his habit of coining unflattering descriptions of political foes.

Flags atop the two buildings were down at half mast after the senator's passing on Saturday and stayed so through Sunday as the country mourned a war-hero who suffered five and half years of torture during the Vietnam War, served six terms in the United States senate and ran twice for president. During the 2016 campaign, Trump said of McCain: "He's a war hero because he was captured". He had once questioned the senator being called a war hero because he got captured. The president sent out a Tweet instead.

The president tweeted his condolences to McCain's family but made no reference to the Arizona senator.

"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. and we very much appreciate everything Senator McCain has done for our country", he told the religious leaders. Following hours of vocal outrage over the short mourning period, the White House lowered the flag again this afternoon minutes before President Donald Trump finally issued a formal statement.

Flags at the U.S. Capitol, where he served two terms in the House and six terms in the Senate, remained at half staff on Monday morning.

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