John McCain: White House urged to lower flags for senator

The American flag flies at half-staff at the Capitol in honor of Sen. John Mc Cain of Arizona who died Saturday of brain cancer in Washington Monday Aug. 27 2018. Mc Cain will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday

Despite the anger the move has whipped up, according to USA flag code, this is in keeping with the rules.

Matt House, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that the senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have "requested that the [Department of Defense] provide necessary support so that USA flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset on the day of Senator McCain's interment".

White House officials had returned the USA flag full-staff around midnight, ABC News senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega told "Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos Monday.

The fast turnaround seems to break with recent precedent, however.

McCain, a longtime Arizona senator who twice sought the presidency after spending more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, died Saturday after battling with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI).

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

U.S. Flag Code states that flags be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress", but a president can order that it be done for longer.

The flags at the White House had been lowered a day earlier. Even after Congress adopted the code on Flag Day June 14, 1923 they have become akin to guidelines and can not elicit punishment.

Trump has done little to hide his disdain for McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee and decorated Vietnam veteran.

The McCain family had reportedly asked the president not to attend McCain's funeral even before he died this weekend at age 81. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he wrote on Saturday night. McCain's final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

It will conclude almost a week of events honouring the man, whose body will lie in state on Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol and on Friday in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington DC, with a formal ceremony and time for the public to pay respects. He was one of just three Republican senators to vote against - and thus defeat - a Trump-backed effort to repeal Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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