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Trump and McCain had been rivals ever since Trump blasted McCain's status as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War while Trump was running for president, and their relationship only grew more acrimonious after Trump won the White House in 2016. Normally, the flag would stay at half-staff until the Senator's funeral.

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

The White House had lowered its flag to half-staff on Sunday, but shortly after midnight, it was back at full staff, in a clear break with precedent - which dictates that it be lowered until burial - and the US flag code. John McCain, R-Ariz., a McCain family spokesman said Monday.

Governor of Arizona State Doug Ducey will appoint a nominee for the place of John McCain from the state in the U.S. Senate.

President Trump ordered the flags to fly at half-staff on Saturday evening. Known as the Senate's "maverick", McCain often bucked party ideology, earning him praise on Democratic side of the aisle and sometimes criticism from his own party - but he remained an influential voice even through his battle with brain cancer.

McCain frequently criticized the president's policies and tone and famously sunk Trump-backed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

Back in 2015, Trump famously said that McCain was not a "war hero" because he was captured during the Vietnam War.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted thanks to McCain for his service to the country. A member of Congress is supposed to get the flags lowered on the day of his or her death, as well as the day after. Trump signed that order after rejecting the Annapolis mayor's initial request to have the flags lowered, The Baltimore Sun reported at the time.

White House flag back at full staff today says it all.

On Saturday, presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver the eulogies during a ceremony to be held at the Washington National Cathedral.

Nor did it comment at all on McCain's outstanding bravery and patriotism over the course of his fascinating and full life - one in which he dedicated literally decades of his life to the service of this country.

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