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Flags at White House at full, then half-staff, after McCain's death

Posted at 6:12 AM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 21:52:40-04

Flags at the White House have veterans groups and others criticizing the White House over how it is handling the passing of Senator John McCain.

In a statement issued Monday night, President Trump said he issued a proclamation to keep flags lowered until his burial on Sunday.

The American Legion was among the groups demanding Trump issue a proclamation honoring Sen. John McCain's heroism, and order the nation's flags to be flown at half-staff.

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The nation's largest veterans' service organization urged Trump in a statement Monday to follow longtime protocol following the deaths of prominent government officials.

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The group noted that Trump issued presidential proclamations commemorating the deaths of first lady Barbara Bush and pastor Billy Graham. McCain, who died Saturday at 81, is a decorated Vietnam War hero who spent more than five years as a prisoner-of-war and served in the Senate for six terms.

Trump tweeted condolences to McCain's family, but did not mention McCain or issue any statement.

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The American flag at the White House was lowered to half-staff on Sunday. But it flew at full staff on Monday even as flags at the Capitol, Washington Monument, and elsewhere remained at half-staff.

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

After Democratic Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009, President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House flown at half-staff for five days.