The White House again lowered the flag and President Trump finally broke his silence on the heroic service of John McCain.
The flag was lowered for a day and then flew at full mast again on Monday morning.
Trump had come under fire for a failure to pay tributes to McCain while tweeting to the senator’s family. He had only offered his condolences without saying a word about the national hero.
Today Trump released a statement to make amends.
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.”
“I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.
“At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.”
“Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.”