BREAKING: Trump, White House release formal statements after McCain’s passing
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President Trump issued a formal statement Monday, two days after the death of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to recognize the senator’s service and to order all flags to be flown at half-staff until his burial.
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment,” Trump said in his statement.
The article goes on to state the following:
Trump faced a wave of criticism Monday morning when the White House flag was flown at full-staff, instead of being left at half-staff until McCain’s burial. But the White House lowered the flags back to half-staff in honor of McCain on Monday afternoon.
Trump was also criticized for failing to release a statement on McCain on Saturday, when his death was announced.
Statement from the President: Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.
I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.
At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.
Proclamation from the White House: As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 27, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) August 27, 2018
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