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Senators who knew John McCain well for his principled stances and even his occasional outbursts saluted their longtime colleague Monday, as President Trump finally relented and put the White House flag at half-staff.

Rick Davis, former presidential campaign manager for McCain who is serving as a family spokesman, read the farewell message Monday at a press briefing in Phoenix.

McCain had long feuded with Trump, and two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend services.

Citing unnamed current and former White House aides, the Post said Ms Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other senior staff had advocated for a statement that called Mr McCain a "hero".

Congressional leaders announced that McCain would lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, though they did not give a date.


John McCain requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral, CBS News has confirmed.

McCain's body will be laid to rest Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. A lot of people didn't like John McCain.

People testify to the respect he earned in the Senate by working across party lines, and is often described as a maverick. Trump tweeted condolences to McCain's family, but made no reference to the Arizona senator.

On Saturday night, a black hearse accompanied by a police motorcade could be seen driving away from the ranch near Sedona where the Republican senator spent his final weeks.

"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. and we very much appreciate everything Senator McCain has done for our country", he told the religious leaders.


Mr McCain, 81, died on Saturday surrounded by loved ones after a brain tumour battle, a statement released by his office confirmed.

President Trump, who had traded bitter criticism with McCain since before the election, declared his order "a mark of respect". "John McCain, a true friend of the Philippines and one of our champions in the United States Congress", Cayetano said in a statement.

McCain closed his letter by citing his loss to Obama in the 2008 presidential election, stating he was departing his life with the same sense of "heartfelt faith" in America despite its challenges today. "We must never allow an erosion of the Senate's ability to do that". In October 1967, the then US Navy pilot McCain parachuted out of his Skyhawk jet to be taken prisoner and spend more than five years as a prisoner of war. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive Democrat who is running for a NY congressional seat, posted an admiring tweet about McCain, she was called a sell-out, and the newly dead McCain was also harshly attacked.

With McCain set to be honored in Arizona's Capitol, GOP Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet, "This is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man".


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