McCain to lie in state at Arizona Capitol on his birthday

Wednesday, 29 Aug, 2018

Sen. John McCain's former Vietnamese jailer expressed sadness over the news of the former Navy pilot's death and said he'd respected him.

"If he picks someone too far left, we're going to have a primary in two years", said Constantine Querard, a conservative Republican strategist.

Matt House, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that the senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have "requested that the [Department of Defense] provide necessary support so that USA flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset on the day of Senator McCain's interment".

The nation's largest veterans' service organization urged Trump in a statement Monday to follow longtime protocol following the deaths of prominent government officials.

McCain had established himself as a dissenting voice against many features of Trump's presidency - including his relationship with Russian Federation, and the American Health Care Act, which McCain decisively voted against in 2017.

Throughout Trump's presidency, McCain did not hesitate to speak candidly about policy differences with Trump, including the president's friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin. McCain was also known for reaching across the aisle and working with Democrats on some key issues.

Congressional leaders in Washington D.C. say McCain will lie in state in the US Capitol rotunda. Trump also has refused to issue a presidential proclamation for McCain, which would be typical when a man of McCain's stature passes. While in the U.S. Senate, she travelled around the world with McCain, including to Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Since McCain's diagnosis a year ago, Ducey has handled questions about succession with the utmost caution, chiding those Republicans who talked openly about the matter while the senator was still alive.

This comes after Trump was slammed for sharing a photo of himself alongside a message of condolence to the family of Senator McCain.

CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller confirmed Monday morning's incident on Twitter. "There's not another John McCain out there".

The White House flag returned to its regular position even as other flags around Washington - including at the US Capitol - remained in the half-staff mourning position.

McCain died Saturday at age 81 from an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Before Trump's Monday afternoon statement, his only commentary on McCain's death had been a perfunctory tweet Saturday.

When Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June 2015, suggesting that many Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists", to which, McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies.' Trump s response to McCain was, "McCain is 'dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy". Arizona Sen. McCain, the war hero who became the GOP's standard-bearer in the 2008 election, has died. John McCain, a Republican who had survived a Vietnam War prison camp and weathered the gradual coarsening of politics within his own party, the American flag flew at full-staff over the White House. On Saturday, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at a service at Washington National Cathedral.

"In honor of John McCain, one of our nation's finest public servants - a Republican who loved this Republic and a democrat - small d - who stood for the best of democracy - I direct NY state's flags be flown at half-staff".