Trump Lowers White House Flags to Half-Staff Following McCain’s Death

President Donald Trump arrives for a "National Day of Prayer" event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Trump ordered all White House flags to be flown at half-staff Saturday night to honor Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) following news of his death.

McCain passed away at the age of 81 after months of fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The president, who had sparred with McCain throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, also paid tribute to the late Arizona senator, tweeting his condolences Saturday evening once McCain’s office released a statement announcing the senator’s death:

It is up to a president to decide who should be honored with flags at half-staff, and those orders are usually made by presidential proclamation. But traditionally, sitting senators who die while in office have flags lowered in their honor from their time of death until their burial.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff when news of McCain’s death broke:

“May God rest his soul and look over his entire family. Our state and our nation mourn together,” Ducey’s statement read in part.

McCain led a 31-year career in the Senate after spending years in the Navy, where he once endured capture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.



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