President Trump Issues Statement After Lowering the Flag to Half-Staff

August 27, 2018Aug 27, 2018

In honor of the late Senator John McCain, the White House has returned the flag to half-staff. The flag had been at half-staff following McCain's death on Saturday and was returned to full-staff around midnight on Sunday.

According to ABC News, "The federal code states that the flag shall be lowered on the day of death and the following day for a sitting member of Congress. Flying it at half-staff for an extended period of time is at the discretion of the president."

While President Trump has yet to speak out about McCain's passing, he did address his decision to lower the flag back down again on Monday.

"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," President Trump said in a statement.

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

The statement went on to explain that President Trump has asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent his administration at Friday's services.

While it has been reported that the McCain family had previously requested President Trump not to attend McCain's funeral, the president did issue a tweet sharing his condolences.

Vice President Mike Pence has been invited to the funeral and both Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver eulogies.

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