On Saturday, the nation learned about the passing of an American hero, Senator John McCain. The career military official, Prisoner of War and Senator of Arizona, passed away due to complications from brain cancer at the age of 81.
Over the last year and a half of his life, McCain was one of President Trump’s biggest opponents, appearing to put his beliefs of what he thought was best for America, over partisan politics. McCain was the deciding vote in Trump’s Obamacare repeal push, and has spoken out numerous times regarding Trump’s comments and actions towards Russia.
While the White House lowered their flags to half-staff on Saturday, this morning, these flags at the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Building are back at full-staff. The typical tradition is to keep the flag lowered until the body reaches its final resting place, which in the case of John McCain would be next Sunday when the Senator is expected to be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Flag back at full staff atop WH. Pres Trump did not issue proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday at the @NavalAcademy. pic.twitter.com/NGasNPT0VB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 27, 2018
The US Capitol building continues to fly their flag at half-staff in accordance to tradition, and multiple states’ governors have also decided to keep their flags at half-staff until the Senator is buried. While we don’t know the reason why the White House has put their flags back to full-staff, many on Twitter are already guessing that it’s the President’s grudge against Senator McCain which has caused this rift with tradition. Trump also has refused to issue a presidential proclamation for McCain, which would be typical when a man of McCain’s stature passes. Trump has repeatedly, in the past, attacked the Senator, even as he battled a deadly form of brain cancer.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 27, 2018
White house flag is currently at full staff for those of you who really care about kneeling and respect and all that.
— CJ (@CJintheKeys) August 27, 2018
This morning I woke up to find out the White House flag is at full staff. Not half in honor of Senator John McCain. My stomach churned with a deep sickening for Trump. Deeper than ever before. I pledge to do my very best to vote and get everyone I can…
— Tracy Pardue (@PardueTracy) August 27, 2018