Vietnam remembers, mourns former POW John McCain

John McCain

Rick Davis, who is also McCain's campaign manager and longtime adviser, said at a news conference in Phoenix that Vice President Mike Pence will serve as the Trump administration designee at a ceremony honoring McCain on Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election, said in a statement on Saturday night that "we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, is expected to choose McCain's replacement after his funeral, according to the governor's aide. McCain's final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The American Legion wrote a letter to Trump, urging for the White House flags to be lowered.

Republican Arizona Senator John McCain has died at the age of 81.

In McCain's case, before the flag was lowered again, the American Legion issued a statement urging the president to do so in keeping with "long-established protocol".

Flags are flying at half-staff in NY and CT to honor Senator John McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81. In a statement on McCain's death, Obama highlighted those instances and said even though they lived on different sides of the political spectrum, they both had a common goal. McCain, referred to as the the "conscience of the Senate" called his time in office in the nation's capitol "the most important job I have had in my life".

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During the time he remained active in the Senate, McCain also expressed deep misgivings about Trump's job as President, criticizing his handling of world affairs and the example he has set for the country. Trump earlier disparaged McCain's Vietnam War service, saying he was "not a war hero" despite spending more than five years as a POW and enduring torture.

White House flag back at full staff today says it all.

The U.S. Flag Code states the flag should be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress".

Fellow Democratic Senator Chris Murphy praised McCain's "life, leadership and patriotism" and said America was lucky to have him as an inspiration.

- CJ (@CJintheKeys) August 27, 2018This morning I woke up to find out the White House flag is at full staff.

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