WASHINGTON - The White House issued two statements on Monday, and once again lowered the American flag to half-staff, after having raised it Monday morning, following the death of U.S. Senator John McCain.
The flag had been lowered to half-staff after the Senator's death on Saturday as well as Sunday but was raised again on Monday morning, following backlash from political officials and the public.
President Donald Trump issued two statements on Monday, including a presidential proclamation that flags be lowered to half-staff, "as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service":
President Trump also issued a statement that Vice President Mike Pence would be offering an address Friday at the lie in state ceremony for Senator McCain at the US Capitol.
The President acknowledged his differences with the Republican Senator from Arizona, and said that General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton have been asked to represent the Trump Administration at the Senator's funeral services: