White House flags back at full-staff after McCain's death

Dayton Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of McCain

While we don't know the reason why the White House has put their flags back to full-staff, many on Twitter are already guessing that it's the President's grudge against Senator McCain which has caused this rift with tradition.

One of John McCain's former captors in Vietnam offered his condolences to the former senator's family and praised his resilience, the Viet Nam News reported on Sunday. "I think it's actually respectful of the president to give it space and distance and to allow the family its opportunity to celebrate John McCain's life".

Veterans groups are calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump Jr. claims CNN covering for "leftist hack" Carl Bernstein over Trump Tower story Trump misstates approval rating in latest poll Arizona governor faces pressure over McCain replacement MORE to lower the White House flag to half-staff to honor Sen. But the President has the authority to order a longer period of mourning.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump waits for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, July 30, 2018.

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The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Burial will be in the academy cemetery.

McCain, who died aged 81, had been deeply critical of Trump in his final years - routinely speaking out against the President, his economic policies and attacks on the media.

During Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - and after McCain's cancer diagnosis, which would prove to be fatal - Trump blasted McCain for being a prisoner during the Vietnam War. Trump also has refused to issue a presidential proclamation for McCain, which would be typical when a man of McCain's stature passes. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!"

He will lie in state at Arizona's capitol on Wednesday, before a public viewing Friday at the Rotunda of the US Capitol, an honor reserved for the likes of John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and civil rights champion Rosa Parks.

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