President Trump ordered flags at the White House lowered to half-staff again Monday to mark the death of Sen. John McCain after heavy criticism from veterans groups and others. Mr. Trump said in a statement, “Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.” The president also said he has asked Vice President Mike Pence to speak at a ceremony honoring Mr. McCain at the Capitol on Friday. And at the request of the McCain family, Mr. Trump ordered military transportation of Mr. McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., with military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Glad to see the President make this course correction…and take the higher road…even though Sen. McCain unfortunately elected NOT to take the higher road in his bitter relationship with President Trump this last year and a half. As a military veteran, myself, I appreciate President Trump’s actions here. It was the right thing to do. As many of you know, I’ve been VERY critical of the late Senator from Arizona the last 10-15 years. His last action in the Senate where he was the deciding vote, and with thumbs down voted down repealing and replacing the failed Obamacare which he ironically campaigned on was a disgrace, and he only voted that way out of spite for Trump. Honestly, he should have retired after he lost his presidential bid a decade ago. But, we all honor his extraordinary military service, and his continuing service to our country up to that point. This is the proper way to show respect to him for his service, and President Trump’s course correction should be praised by all, regardless of your political party or persuasion.