Trump nixed statement praising McCain

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The US flag at the White House was back at full staff Monday morning - in contrast to the US Capitol - after being lowered over the weekend to mark McCain's death Saturday of brain cancer at age 81. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates.

Phoenix: Much like the a year ago of his life, Senator John McCain's, final words were full of both subtle and not-so-subtle rebukes to President Donald Trump. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad - but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here", McCain wrote. "But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed". We never hide from history.

Not many in Kenya, however, knew what a dignified human being Mr McCain, who was making a second stab at the White House race having lost to George W. Bush in 2000, was. Ted Kennedy, on Monday fondly remembered his father's friendship with the late Sen.

After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House flown at half-staff for five days.

Trump was also criticized for not releasing a formal proclamation in the wake of the senator's death - as is traditional when a notable citizen dies.

During several events open to cameras Monday, president did not answer shouted questions from reporters about his response to McCain's death.

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The president instead issued a tweet offering prayers to the senator's family.

My father, United States Senator John Sidney McCain III, departed this life today.

Citing unnamed current and former White House aides, the Post said Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other senior staff had advocated for a statement that called McCain a "hero".

"Let Arizona do what they've wanted to do for a while now - put a real conservative in that seat", one user said. They choose to focus on that'.

As a presidential candidate, Trump - who did not serve in the military himself and avoided the draft through a series of deferments - attacked McCain's record of service and said the Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war is "not a war hero" because he was captured.

McCain's body will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Following McCain's death, admirers have recalled with fondness his insistence on fair and civil discourse - in contrast with the frequent incivility of the U.S. president and his habit of coining unflattering descriptions of political foes.

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