Published: Tue, August 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

John McCain funeral: Hollywood star Warren Beatty to be pallbearer

John McCain funeral: Hollywood star Warren Beatty to be pallbearer

The American flag fluttering atop the White House became the focus of national attention for most of Monday as the USA administration calibrated its response to the passing of Republican senator John McCain, also a national hero and an unrelenting critic of President Donald Trump.

Flags at the White House were lowered to half-staff over the weekend in McCain's honor, but back at full-staff on Monday.

"Mr. President, just this year, you released presidential proclamations noting the deaths of Barbara Bush and Billy Graham", American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan said in a public letter.

Trump said Vice President Pence would address a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

"Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services". John McCain-it's a long list, and one that includes all three candidates for U.S. Senate in McCain's home state of Arizona. A private funeral will follow at the Naval Academy Chapel and McCain is to be buried at the academy cemetery.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate", McCain said at the time.

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Mr McCain was one of Mr Trump's sharpest critics, and made clear in one of his final wishes that he did not want the president to attend his funeral. Trump says 80 percent of the media is fake news and frequently attacks journalists and their outlets, though he does provide more access than is commonly realized because he doesn't hold formal press conferences.

"Like most people, I have regrets".

John McCain, R-Ariz., frame the U.S. Capital at daybreak in Washington, Aug. 26, 2018. Since McCain's passing, Trump originally only sent a single tweet sending his condolences to McCain's family - a message that also failed to label the late senator a hero. "But believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here".

"It is atrocious", Mr Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Mr Trump's legal team and a long-time Republican strategist, said of Mr Trump's reaction to Mr McCain's death.

Later, at an evening dinner honouring evangelical leaders, he said "our hearts and prayers" are going to the family "and we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country". John McCain's Vietnamese jailer said he respected his former inmate and felt sad about his death, as others in Vietnam paid their respects to the former US Navy pilot who became a prisoner of war and later was instrumental in bringing the wartime foes together.

Also in the mix are Matt Salmon, 60, who served two terms in the Arizona state Senate before two stints in the U.S. House of Representatives; and Karrin Taylor Robson, a business leader and lawyer who founded her own land-use company.

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