Warren Beatty, Joe Biden among pallbearers at McCain's funeral

Warren Beatty, Joe Biden among pallbearers at McCain's funeral

Warren Beatty, Joe Biden among pallbearers at McCain's funeral

The White House flag had a more tumultuous start to the week than typical, having been lowered to half-staff on Saturday in the wake of Sen.

The American flag fluttering atop the White House became the focus of national attention for most of Monday as the USA administration calibrated its response to the passing of Republican senator John McCain, also a national hero and an unrelenting critic of President Donald Trump.

Trump's brief tweeted statement about McCain's passing is not the problem. And, after hours of criticism, given more life by Trump's refusal to answer any questions about McCain, the White House retreated in humiliating fashion on late Monday afternoon.

Additionally, Trump offered praise of the late senator during a dinner with evangelical leaders at the White House on Monday evening.

"There's always one senator that stands out above the rest, and the last few years that's been John", Alexander said of McCain, his longtime Senate colleague.

Flags at the U.S. Capitol, where he served two terms in the House and six terms in the Senate, remained at half staff on Monday morning.

On Friday, McCain is scheduled to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence giving remarks at a corresponding ceremony, the site reports.

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Veteran Republican politician McCain died of cancer over the weekend at the age of 81. John McCain, current USA presidential hopeful, was captured in 1967 at a lake in Hanoi after his Navy warplane was been downed by Northern Vietnamese army during the Vietnam War.

The late USA senator John McCain has taken a parting shot at President Donald Trump in his farewell letter to the nation, denouncing "tribal rivalries" and imploring citizens to focus on what unites.

Earlier in the day, a stone-faced Trump sat mute as reporters at several photo sessions invited him to comment on McCain. His funeral will be held Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The president also reportedly told Kelly to give the McCain family anything they need.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who co-sponsored the measure, was cautious Monday, saying he does "not want to get out ahead" before he talks to McCain's family.

In death, McCain attempted a last word in his farewell letter. "It will be bipartisan as only benefits John's legacy, and come to think of it, [I] would probably call it not a committee but a gang", McConnell said from the Senate floor, referencing McCain's participation in groups including the "Gang of 14" and the "Gang of Eight".

"I doubt you could find a comparable situation where the president doesn't order the flag flown at half-mast until the funeral", said John Lawrence, history professor at the University of California's Washington Center.

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