Former POW remembers Sen. John McCain

Trump said Monday afternoon that he respects the senator's "service to our country" and signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial.

The statement came two days after McCain died at 81 from brain cancer - and after objections at Trump's silence from lawmakers and others, including the American Legion, which demanded that he do more to honour the Vietnam War hero and six-term senator. "The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

And a ceremony will be held Friday, August 31, at the United States Capitol - there, McCain will be honored by his family, colleagues, staff, and the public for his life and service, according to ABC13. He dedicated his life to serving the country he loved so much and for that we will be eternally grateful. He faces the hard choice - to appoint a person loyal to President Donald Trump or an opponent who is ready to sharply criticize the actions of the American leader as McCain did. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" - he wrote.

Trump and McCain, of course, did not get along well at all, especially in recent years.

Marc Short, Trump's former legislative director, said the president faced "a little bit of a situation of a Catch 22" when deciding how to respond to McCain's death.

As tributes are pouring in across the country for Sen. "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom". Plans taking shape called for McCain to lie in state Wednesday in the Arizona State Capitol on what would have been his 82nd birthday. "His significance went well beyond his own country". Trump, meanwhile, said in 2015 that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

".From being a POW, all through his senate life and his career".

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who developed a friendship with McCain while they served together in the Senate, said the Arizona lawmaker will "cast a long shadow".

"America is the longest surviving democracy and it's not that long of a period in the total history of the world, so we can not take for granted that the normal in this country is democracy", said Kennedy.

  • Tracy Klein