Trump rejects statement praising McCain

President Donald Trump jokes with Senator Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham during a meeting at the Wh

President Donald Trump jokes with Senator Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham during a meeting at the Wh

Defense Department guidelines call for flags to be flown at half-staff "from the day of death through the following day" in the event a U.S. senator or member of Congress dies.

Vietnam is remembering late Arizona Senator and war veteran John McCain for his role in normalizing relations between the two countries.

Had Trump issued a statement honoring McCain, "the media would criticize it and say it is not consistent with the other things he said in the past and become a story about the president", former White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said Monday on CNN. Twitter users also bashed Trump for sharing an Instagram post about McCain's death that featured a picture of himself.

In the years since, McCain has been Trump's loudest - and often a lonely - Republican critic, especially as the president disrupted America's longtime alliances.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The White House flag returned to full staff Monday as the nation mourned Arizona Senator John McCain, in stark contrast to honors the late lawmaker received in other parts of Washington. After McCain voted against the bill to repeal Obamacare previous year, a frustrated Trump mentioned it several times at campaign events.

Even after McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Trump continued to launch broadsides in McCain's direction, lambasting him for his critical "no" vote that thwarted a last-ditch Republican effort to partially repeal Obamacare.

The senator's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River.

In Washington, McCain will lie in state Friday in the Capitol Rotunda with a formal ceremony and time for the public to pay respects.

Trump and McCain had a bitter relationship that lasted through McCain's final days. The current president's likely absence could not be more conspicuous.

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