A week in Washington not about Donald Trump (sort of)


Two days after McCain's death, President Trump returned the White House flags to full staff, forgoing a tradition that the rest of D.C. was maintaining to keep the flag lowered until the internment.

"Imagine the dashing aviator, who took his aircraft hurtling off pitching decks in the South China seas, kissing the hurt when I fell and skinned my knee", she said. Several presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have also lain in state and McCain's casket will lie atop Lincoln's catafalque, a wooden structure that has been used in several ceremonies in past years. He died August 25 from brain cancer at age 81.

Later in the month, Mr Trump will attend the G20 summit in Buenos Aires and will also travel to Colombia for talks with Colombian leaders about security, counter-narcotics and regional affairs, Ms Sanders said. However, Trump's one-sided recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and now axing of more than $200 million in bilateral aid for Gaza and the West Bank seems to be part of a determined effort to torpedo the greater Palestinian cause.

On Monday, Trump refused to say a word about McCain during events at the White House, ignoring reporters' questions on at least four occasions.

Trump, who last visited Ireland before his presidential inauguration in 2014, has previously said he would "love to" visit the country. "I firmly believe Mr Trump's policies, both domestic and global, are causing major problems in the world especially around equality and immigration", he said.

McCain's motorcade arrived from the Capitol, where he laid in state overnight, and the procession made a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's wife, Cindy, placed a wreath. On Saturday, a memorial service will be held at the National Cathedral, where former Presidents Bush, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat, will speak.

The event, due to take place on November 10 in Dublin's College Green, has claimed: "Donald Trump's administration champions policies that are destroying our planet, destabilising worldwide order, and reaching new political depths by appealing to racism, misogyny, xenophobia and hatred". McCain, a naval aviator, was shot down during the Vietnam War and spent 5 1/2 years as a POW.

Trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in Evansville, Indiana, on Thursday night that the leaders of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation "have to start doing their job and doing it right" because "people are angry". "John McCain was not defined by prison, by the Navy, by the Senate, by the Republican Party or by any single one of the deeds in his absolutely extraordinary life". Trump reportedly paced on stage while the protester was taken out of the arena.