As Tributes for McCain Pour in, Trump Reaction Criticized


U.S President Donald Trump bowed to pressure on Monday to honor the late John McCain, ordering that flags be lowered to half-staff across the country, as the late senator fired a parting shot at the president in a farewell message to the United States.

"Anyone who tarnishes the reputation of John McCain deserves a whipping", Isakson said.

The family of McCain, a U.S. Navy pilot who was captured during the Vietnam War and was held for five years at the Hoa Lo Prison-known colloquially as the "Hanoi Hilton"-by the communist North Vietnamese, announced last week that he would halt medical treatment for brain cancer". I know how the world feels about Senator McCain, ' Graham said Tuesday morning on NBC's 'Today Show'.

McCain did just that at the outset of his address to his "Fellow Americans", writing: "I have tried to serve our country honorably". Privately, he has groused about such slights as his belief that McCain did not appreciate his endorsement in the senator's 2016 re-election bid.

"I remember him embracing a war that nobody wanted to talk about because he understood what it would cost to lose it", Graham said.

McCain was scathing in his criticism of the president, and opposed many of his executive and legislative initiatives and priorities - such as the repeal of Obamacare.

Over the weekend, the flags were lowered to half-staff to honor the Arizona Republican, but come Monday, they were put back to full-staff.

Publicly, Trump has frequently railed against McCain's dramatic thumbs-down vote against the president's efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. John McCain's memorial service.

Senator McCain's body will then be taken to Washington and will lie in state in the US Capitol Building on Friday.

Mr Trump has now repeated this honour for Mr McCain, saying this recognised the "longstanding service" he had given.

Trump wants to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

But McCain's biggest role, in terms of the Senate, might have been as a bipartisan dealmaker on some of the most contentious issues of the day.

Schumer, who worked closely with McCain on immigration and other issues, called McCain one of the "few truly great people" he's met in public service. "The more he humiliated you, the more he liked you", the SC senator said on the Senate floor- adding that he had plenty of humiliation.

McCain said after Larson's death in 2014 that he would be buried where it all started, in a plot very close to Larson. Some of the options, he said, were naming the Senate Armed Services Committee room.

Democrats as well as Republicans were effusive in their praise of McCain as they returned to Congress on Monday evening, celebrating his storied military career and 31 years representing Arizona in the US Senate.