'Not blood and soil': McCain's farewell message to Americans criticizes Trump

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Amid all the bickering, Sellers sought to bring the focus back to the late Arizona senator: "I will just say this, John McCain deserves a better dialogue than what we're having right now". Trump's antipathy for McCain bordered on the personal.

He was well aware of the McCain family naval legacy.

As the 2008 Republican presidential nominee leaves the stage, the trajectory of his party is ever more aligned with the worldview and combative attitudes of Trump, who electrified the party's activist base in a way McCain could never manage. 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.

After Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House be flown at half-staff for five days. So, the White House didn't break the rules, as Mr McCain died on Saturday and the flag was raised to its full height on Monday.

He had previously refused to sign the proclamation which would order the American flag to remain at half-mast until the funeral.

"There are a number of proposals coming forward about ways to honor John McCain".

Referring to his close relationship with both President Donald Trump and McCain, Graham told reporters: "John felt like his view of the world had to be reinforced and the conflict between him and the President has been hard".

Even Vice President Mike Pence and chief of staff John Kelly tried to get him to relent and issue as statement, four administration officials told The New York Times.

Instead, both the president and vice-president offered their condolences to the senator's family via Twitter.

On Saturday morning, a funeral procession for McCain will make its way from the U.S. Capitol along Pennsylvania Avenue toward Washington National Cathedral, with a brief stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to lay a wreath.

Although he did not mention Donald Trump by name, McCain's assessment of the America he was leaving behind at times echoed some of the sharp warnings he delivered against the president while serving his final months in office.

President Donald Trump's reaction to the death of Sen. "I'll try to think of somebody who might be an independent voice, potentially after the midterms". The Senate building was named in his honor in 1972.

Sen. John McCain's heroism and code of honor, duty and unifying pragmatism will endure as a powerful historical example.

"To those who are striving as a young person, remember John McCain", he said. Like most people, I have regrets.

He said his speech would resemble an "after action report" and be titled, "Operation Maverick, " for McCain's unconventional path and his rebellious streak.

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