As Tributes for McCain Pour in, Trump Reaction Criticized

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John McCain celebrates in Miami after winning the Florida Republican presidential primary, on January 29, 2008.

Later Monday evening at a dinner with evangelical leaders, Trump made his first public comments since the senator's death Saturday. McCain and six other Republicans joined Democrats in refusing to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement on Wednesday; the 45-55 defeat signaled that a "clean repeal" bill can not get through Congress.

On Friday, McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Senators who knew John McCain well for his principled stances and even his occasional outbursts saluted their longtime colleague Monday, as President Trump finally relented and put the White House flag at half-staff.

The flag had been lowered to half-staff after the Senator's death on Saturday as well as Sunday but was raised again on Monday morning, following backlash from political officials and the public, and then from a group the president assuredly does not want to offend.

Besides the proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office building, lawmakers may consider naming a room used by the Senate Armed Services Committee after McCain, who was the panel's chairman, McConnell said.

"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment", Trump said in a statement.

On Monday, McCain offered his final thoughts, in a message read by his former campaign manager Rick Davis - and he did not spare the Republican president.

Mr Trump was not expected to attend any of the services that will take place over several days in Arizona and Washington. "There really is no room in the McCain family today to focus on anything but him". Privately, he has groused about such slights as his belief that McCain did not appreciate his endorsement in the senator's 2016 re-election bid.

Tributes poured in from around the globe.

McCain's death has left many American mourning the loss of a national hero who repeatedly challenged the status quo and consistently sought bipartisan solutions to the country's problems.

The tweet is not exactly Hallmark cards material and certainly an inappropriate tribute for a man who dedicated his life to serving the country. John McCain, Aug. 27, 2018, in Washington. "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom". Burial will be Sunday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. McCain was a retired captain in the Navy and the son and grandson of two four-star Navy admirals. He went on to win a seat in the House and in 1986, the Senate, where he served for the rest of his life.

As politicians, the press and the nation mourned Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told CNN's "State of the Union". Set up an independent commission to make recommendations going forward as to how we combat foreign election interference.

Kellerman reported from Washington.

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