Flags At White House Back At Full Staff After McCain’s Death

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Flags flying a half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. McCain, 81, died at his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.
    
In a contrast with the White House, Senate leaders of both parties have formally requested American flags at government buildings remain at half-staff to honor Sen. John McCain.
    
That’s standard procedure when a member of the Senate passes away. McCain served in the chamber for six terms, most recently as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
    
The request contrasts with the White House, which raised its flags back to full staff on Monday after lowering them on Sunday.
    
McCain was a frequent critic of President Donald Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russia policy. Trump questioned the decorated veteran and six-term senator’s heroism and chafed at McCain’s vote to kill the health care law repeal.
    
McCain died on Saturday. Trump tweeted condolences to his family but made no reference to the Arizona senator.
 


9:25 a.m.

The flags at the White House, which were lowered over the weekend to mark the death of Sen. John McCain, are back at full-staff.
    
The flags at the U.S. Capitol, meanwhile, remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican, who died Saturday of brain cancer.
    
President Donald Trump offered his condolences on Twitter to McCain’s family but hasn’t issued a presidential proclamation with an order lowering the flags. The two had a long-running feud.
    
U.S. Flag Code states that flags be lowered “on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress.”
    
After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for five days.
    
The White House didn’t immediately respond to questions Monday.
 

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