Sen. James Inhofe: McCain Is 'Partially to Blame' for Flag-Raising Controversy

John McCain takes parting shot at Donald Trump in final letter to America

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Former Senator Joseph Lieberman will also speak. "That should have been automatic", he told The New York Times.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, 54, may appoint McCain's widow to fill his seat until a 2020 special election, a Capitol Hill source told PEOPLE this week.

For a member of Congress like Mr McCain, who was a senator for Arizona from 1987, the flag need only be flown at half mast on the day of their death and the next day. Trump earlier disparaged McCain's Vietnam War service, saying he was "not a war hero" despite spending more than five years as a POW and enduring torture.

But President Donald Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was "not a war hero", wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect. The Trump administration also re-lowered the White House flag on Monday, after coming under criticism for not keeping it at half-staff to honor McCain.

McCain, himself, got in a final word on Monday, when his longtime aide Rick Davis read a letter to America the senator dictated before he died. In fact, the flag was raised back to normal height on Sunday, and Trump had to be convinced to lower it again. John McCain, who so clearly affected Democrats and Republicans alike with his dedication to country and willingness to disagree. John McCain's "service to our country" and re-lowering the White House flag. McCain had been an infuriating foil in a long-running feud over style and policy that did not end with the senator's illness and death. The flag was returned to half-staff later in the day. In 2008, McCain "was prepared to be president, but it was not his to have". "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake".

After a day of ignoring shouted questions about McCain, Trump broke his silence during a gathering of evangelical leaders at the White House on Monday evening. The tributes singled out McCain's military service and heroism as a POW and his independence as a political leader.

The intractability of that issue vexed McCain, who also was an expert on veterans and the armed forces, Russian Federation and campaign finance reform.

Outside the United States, world leaders lauded McCain's role and presence overseas. He later retired from military life and entered civilian work in the defense industry. His voice will be missed.

Graham learned so much more from McCain than a handful of silly jokes.

He added that McCain was as popular as Elvis Presley in Vietnam, where he was imprisoned.

McCain was shot down over the North Vietnamese enemy territory, so too was Orson Swindle. Flowers, incense, flags and other tributes to McCain have been laid there.



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