President Donald Trump ordered the flag flying above the White House re-lowered to half-mast on Monday as a sign of respect for Sen.
In the months before his death, McCain continued to criticize Trump and argued that "America First" isolationism was antithetical to his vision of the U.S.as a global leader. John McCain's service and he will lie in state in both the nation's capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape Sunday. Others in the administration - Chief of Staff john Kelly, Defence Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser John Bolton - will also represent the administration. In just one recent example, The Washington Post reported that Kelli Ward, a US Senate hopeful in Arizona and rival of McCain's, suggested that Friday's announcement that McCain was halting medical treatment for his brain cancer was timed to hurt her campaign. He will then lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, followed by a national memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer requested that the Department of Defense keep flags at government buildings lowered until the sunset after McCain is buried in Annapolis, Maryland, next Sunday. John McCain, are back at full-staff. But he also maintained his reputation as a "maverick", willing to break with party ranks - which he did in a high-profile way previous year when his "no" vote scuttled the Senate GOP leadership's effort to repeal Obamacare.
In Vietnam, people went to the US Embassy to pay their respects to McCain who had played an important role in normalizing diplomatic relations with the US in 1995. "Our hearts and prayers are with you".
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague, Senator John McCain. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country, and offered words of wisdom to his fellow Americans. Trump, meanwhile, said in 2015 that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries". He also tweeted insults about the senator on several occasions. "Americans never quit. We never surrender".
There has been speculation Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) could appoint Cindy McCain to fill her husband's seat until 2020, when there will be a special election for the right to finish out the final two years of McCain's term.