Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) died Saturday at the age of 81, shortly after his family announced that he would be discontinuing medical treatment for brain cancer. On Monday, eagle-eyed viewers spotted something at the White House which seemed a bit “odd” to them, considering McCain’s recent passing.
Sen. John McCain announced in July 2017 that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. After surgery to remove a two-inch clot from his brain, it was revealed that the cancer was aggressive, and the prognosis was not good. Since the diagnosis, McCain had been receiving radiation and chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and had made a short appearance on the Senate floor.
McCain’s cancer treatment had been ongoing until Friday’s very sad announcement:
“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment. Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you.”
McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 following his year-long battle with brain cancer. Shortly thereafter, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff, and President Donald Trump ordered the same for the White House flags, reported The Hill.
However, by Monday, the American flag was back to flying at full staff at the White House, even though it remained at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol Building:
The flag is flying full staff at the White House on Monday – one day after it was lowered in tribute to the late Senator John McCain. Flags are still flying at half staff at the U.S. Capitol building, where McCain served as a Republican senator from Arizona for over 30 years.
President Donald Trump notably did not issue a proclamation when McCain died on Saturday, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment. That would be Sunday – the day the late senator is scheduled to be buried at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Washington D.C. [Source: Daily Mail]
Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning they are back to full staff.
There was no official proclamation from President Trump (as he has done in the past for other notable figures passing) pic.twitter.com/rmUO6xbtrp
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) August 27, 2018
Camera shot facing south over the White House – you can see the flag at the WH at full staff while the flags surrounding the Washington Monument are lowered pic.twitter.com/xT2KdPLgpB
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) August 27, 2018
Flag back at full staff atop WH. Pres Trump did not issue proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday at the @NavalAcademy. pic.twitter.com/NGasNPT0VB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 27, 2018
It would appear that President Donald Trump, having done the respectful thing by lowering the White House flag to half-staff over the weekend, is not buying into all of the hoopla surrounding Sen. McCain’s death. The two men have always had a contentious relationship, with McCain instructing his closest friends to ban Trump from his funeral as one of his final wishes:
Those close to the American war hero, who died Saturday afternoon following a fierce battle with glioblastoma, informed the White House that their plan was to invite Vice President Mike Pence to attend the memorial service to be held at Washington’s National Cathedral — but not President Trump.
McCain’s relationship with Trump, which played out publicly, has rarely been smooth. During his presidential campaign, for example, Trump remarked, of McCain’s history as a POW, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” [Source: LifeZette]
The animosity between the two was mutual. Following Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin, McCain remarked, “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.”
The media, lawmakers, and many members of the public are fawning over John McCain’s death, lauding him a “hero” and a man of integrity and honor. However, many of those same people condemned the Senator and did everything in their power to discredit and undermine him not so long ago. It appears that President Donald Trump is not willing to play this hypocritical little game, and you’ve got to respect him for it.
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