Ted Kennedy’s Son Remembers His Father’s Friendship With John McCain

Arizona governor faces task of making appointment to Sen. McCain’s seat until 2020 special election

In May, CNN reported McCain did not want Trump at his funeral. "Now we're gonna do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.' And, at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well lived".

A few people took the opportunity to point out Rivera's insensitivity at making such a suggestion, while some savaged McCain's decision to remain a USA senator, despite his age and terminal illness. I feel compassion for him and his family as they go through this. "He's a decent family man (and) citizen that just I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what the campaign's all about".

Finally, under pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump said in a statement later on Monday that he respected McCain's service to the nation and ordered flags to half-staff. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications.

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.

After McCain died on Saturday, the flags at the White House were lowered to half staff.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this report stated that under "standard procedure", the USA flag remains at half-staff until after a senator's burial.

The president tweeted his condolences to McCain's family but made no reference to the Arizona senator.

U.S. senators have issued a bipartisan call to lower American flags in honour of John McCain after the White House raised its Stars and Stripes back up.

But U.S. President Donald Trump, who frequently engaged in political taunts with McCain and three years ago said McCain was only deemed a hero because he was captured as a POW, has refrained from specific tributes to McCain.

All five living former USA presidents issued statements praising McCain.

President Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for almost five days after Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009.

During the Vietnam War, McCain served as a Navy pilot.

The absence of a formal communique from the White House has raised eyebrows and was all the more conspicuous after Vice President Mike Pence along with most of the cabinet, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and all the living former presidents had issued their own statements over the weekend. We never hide from history.

"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe".

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