Trump's failures on McCain show his true self

Mourners react as a hearse carrying the body of late Sen. John Mc Cain arrives in a procession in Phoenix Ariz. Aug. 25 2018

Trump's remarks-or lack thereof-came after the president and McCain sparred on a variety of topics over the last few years.

More than a few Washingtonians were astonished to see the White House flags flying at full staff on Monday morning after being lowered over the weekend.

Tributes to McCain, meanwhile, poured in from other world leaders and statesmen including former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. John McCain, in a farewell message, urged Americans not to lose heart over politics, expressing optimism about the country's ability to overcome what ails it. Trump tweeted about McCain after his death Saturday but has passed up several chances to comment publicly on the Arizona senator.

McCain is expected to be honored in Arizona and in Washington before being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis.

While the flags at the White House were raised, the flags at the U.S. Capitol remained at half-staff on Monday to honor the Arizona Republican.

Senator John McCain lost his battle with brain cancer on Saturday, after making the decision to stop treatments for the malignant tumor just one day before. Trump issued a proclamation upon the death of the Rev. Billy Graham in February that ordered flags on all federal buildings at half staff on Graham's day of interment. As for the current president, McCain requested that Donald Trump not "take part" in the service, per The New York Times.

U.S. Senator John McCain died August 25 at age 81 his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

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. Usually, the flags are lowered for a longer period of time - after the passing of Sen. The death of a vice president, chief justice, former chief justice or House speaker merits 10 days, and for a president or former president, the flag flies at half-staff for 30 days.

The U.S. flag code calls for flags to be lowered in the event of the death of a member of Congress "on the day of death and the following day".

According to CBS News, Obama and Bush will deliver their remarks during a service at the National Cathedral.

Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services. McCain served as a naval pilot in the Vietnam War, spending five years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down in 1967.

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