Senator John McCain was an American hero and cherished member of The American Legion.
"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance", he told the newspaper Vietnam News, published by the official Vietnam News Agency. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. Instead, Trump expressed condolences to his family. "I like people that weren't captured", Trump said at a campaign event in Iowa in 2015.
In a statement directed to Trump, American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan wrote: "On the behalf of The American Legion's two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain's death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his interment". His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications.
In the statement, McCain reflected on the privilege of serving his country and said he tried to do so honorably.
The flags at the White House, which were lowered over the weekend to mark the death of Sen.
McCain, even as he neared death, disparaged Trump's presidency, rebuking the US leader for his seeming embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin's position at last month's Helsinki summit that Russia had not meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Since that momentous political defeat, Trump had, in speeches at rallies across the country, frequently mocked the thumbs-down gesture McCain used to torpedo the legislation. There, Vice President Pence, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and minority leader Chuck Schumer will all lay wreaths, and Davis said, members of the public "will be encouraged to view John". Trump questioned the decorated Navy pilot's Vietnam heroism and chafed at McCain's vote to stop the president's proposed "ObamaCare" repeal.
Meanwhile, scores of people in Hanoi paid their respects to McCain at the U.S. Embassy and at a monument by Truc Bach lake, where he landed after parachuting from his damaged plane.
Republican governors that have announced that they have lowered flags until McCain's burial include Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Kasich.
United States senators have issued a bipartisan call to lower American flags in honour of John McCain after the White House raised its Stars and Stripes back up. After McCain's election to U.S. Senate in 1987, he consistently promoted war and U.S. military intervention overseas, including in the first Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.