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McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, longtime U.S. senator from Arizona and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, died of brain cancer on Saturday, aged 81. The U.S. flag over the White House was lowered to half-staff Saturday evening and Sunday. The lack of a proclamation was viewed by some as a disrespectful act reflecting the president's dislike for McCain, which Trump continued to express publicly, even as recently as last week.

CNN is reporting McCain chose George W. Bush and Trump's nemesis Barack Obama to eulogize him - and the sitting POTUS is not welcome at the funeral.

The antipathy between the president and McCain has been well documented since Mr Trump took office. "McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his interment", she said in a statement directed at the president.

Rick Davis, a McCain family spokesman who was also the Arizona Republican's campaign manager and longtime adviser, read the letter in full at an emotional news conference Monday at which he also outlined plans for funeral and memorial services in honor of McCain, who died at age 81 on Saturday.

Friction increased earlier this year after word surfaced that a West Wing aide had been dismissive of McCain during a closed-door meeting.

On Capitol Hill, where McCain served in the Senate for more than 30 years, the flags remained at half-staff. John McCain's Vietnamese jailer said he respected his former inmate and felt sad about his death, as others in Vietnam paid their respects to the former U.S. Navy pilot who became a prisoner of war and later was instrumental in bringing the wartime foes together.

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This weekend, President Trump stirred controversy when he chose to issue a terse statement offering condolences to McCain's family after the passing of the Arizona senator.

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McCain would go on to clinch the 2008 Republican nomination, eventually losing the presidential election to Obama.

Bowing to pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday ordered American flags at US buildings lowered to half-staff for Sen.

This week McCain will lie in state in both the U.S. and Arizona capitols and will be memorialized at a funeral at his family's church in Phoenix and at a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He will be buried at the cemetery at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday. And now he was refusing to follow a tradition of leaving the flag at half-staff until interment. In July 2015, then candidate Trump said of McCain: "He's not a war hero".

Donald Trump on Monday bowed to pressure to honour the late John McCain, ordering the lowering of flags across the country to half-staff, as the late senator fired a parting shot at the president in a farewell message to the nation.

When he finally did comment, in a printed statement, Trump was sparing with his praise for the six-term senator: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country". That means he made repeated decisions Monday to withhold any praise - or criticism - of McCain.

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Former Col. Tran Trong Duyet, who ran the prison at the time, said he met with McCain many times while he was confined there. "We will come through them stronger than before, we always do".

"If John McCain can forgive the North Vietnamese torturers, we can at least forgive each other", Flake said.


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