Trump snubs Republican hero Sen. John McCain

Flags at the Washongton Monument at half staff in honor of the late US Senator John McCain, who died Saturday, contrast with the fully raised flag flying over the White House.

The American flag flying above the White House was at full staff early Monday morning even as the nation continued honoring the life and legacy of Sen. John McCain.

The Arizona Republican, whose relationship with President Trump has long been fraught, died on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.

While the White House originally lowered the flag late Saturday evening, several reporters and commentators noted that flags usually remain lowered for lawmakers until their funerals after they noticed that the flag was back at full staff Monday morning.

CBS News’ Mark Knoller noted that Trump did not issue a formal proclamation on McCain’s death. Typical practice is for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment.

“Trying to imagine the scene at the WH this morning when the order was conveyed to put the flag back up to full staff,” said MSNBC host Chris Hayes, in a tweet. “I think it may be, quite literally, the pettiest thing I’ve ever seen.”

McCain’s memorial service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

 


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