Keller @ Large: President Trump Makes His John McCain Mistake Worse

Sen. Schumer wants Senate building named for McCain

It came after growing outcry over Mr Trump's lack of praise for the 81-year-old former Republican presidential candidate, with whom he frequently clashed ever since his 2016 presidential bid.

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. In that missive, he was brief - and his words focused on the McCain family and didn't offer praise for the senator's legacy. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

Flags at the White House were lowered Saturday night in honor of McCain, but they were raised Monday morning despite the wishes of congressional leaders from both parties.

Additionally, Kelly, National Security Adviser John Bolton, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine urged Trump to let aides take over the White House response to McCain's death.

Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, called McCain an American patriot and a cherished personal friend.

Tributes have flooded in for the former presidential candidate and navy pilot, whose family said had chosen to end his treatment for brain cancer after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease past year.

McCain, in turn, criticized the president's policies on domestic and foreign affairs.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who served with McCain for 31 years, said Monday he was in favor of "naming nearly any building" for McCain, but added, "I'm not sure that I would make a decision on a specific building at this point". As I'm certain you are aware, he served five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain. Trump ignored reporters' repeated questions about McCain at White House gatherings on Monday, but late Monday afternoon the flags were lowered again to half-staff.

Former Arizona Coyotes player Shane Doan, who retired from the National Hockey League in 2017, and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez will serve as pallbearers at McCain's funeral, the senator's website stated. Trump tweeted after McCain's passing.

Videos posted on Twitter show the president ignoring journalists' invitations to pay tribute to Mr McCain.

"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", McCain said. We never hide from history. He paused. "Let me say this a better way".

Many - like Mitt Romney, McCain's former opponent in the 2008 primaries - described the Arizona senator as a hero and expressed gratitude for his service to the country. Instead, he floated renaming the Senate Armed Services Committee room after McCain as well as potentially resurrecting a portrait to the Capitol Senate reception room of McCain.

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