Trump was presented with a statement over the weekend that touched on McCain's heroic military career and his accomplishments as an Arizona senator, but ultimately decided he didn't want to release it, The Washington Post is reporting, citing sources. He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April.
McCain was a leader in the Republican Party, claiming the party mantle during the 2008 election when he ran against Barack Obama for the presidency. "John McCain was one of them", the New York Democrat said in a statement Saturday night, just after McCain died, CBS News reports.
Putting McCain's name there instead honors a war hero and Republican senator known for reaching across the aisle.
During an interview with CNN's John Berman, the former Trump official downplayed the fact that the president only sent out a tweet sending condolences to McCain's family, while never once thanking McCain himself for his service to the United States.
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But China hit back, with its Foreign Ministry saying on its website: "The US statement violates basic facts and is irresponsible". Trump also linked the move to his growing spat with Beijing, which has roiled financial markets and global commerce.
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He spoke near McCain's desk in the Senate, which has been draped in black and adorned with white roses in his honor.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, Trump said: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honour, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment". Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, at about 2 p.m. Sunday. But his condition did not stop him from taking the political centre stage, especially by railing against what he saw as the excesses of President Donald Trump. "Senator John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs".
Arizona Republicans have mentioned a lengthy roster of potential successors - a list that includes McCain's widow, Cindy; Ducey's chief of staff, Kirk Adams; State Treasurer Eileen Klein; former congressman John Shadegg; and former U.S. Sen.
According to McCain's family, "friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as USA and worldwide leaders, have been invited to attend and participate in the service".
That's what Senator McCain's entire life was about. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered".
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is proposing a bill to rename one of the upper chamber's buildings after McCain, spoke of a "great and unexpressable loss". It was McCain who stopped Trump's repeal of Obamacare and Trump referred to the veteran as "not a war hero". He went on to win a seat in the House and in 1986, the Senate, where he served for the rest of his life. During his sixty years of service to our country, Sen.