White House Flag Back at Full Staff After Less Than 48 Hours, as Nation Mourns Death of John McCain

An American flag above the White House flies at full-staff less than 48 hours after the death of Sen. John McCain, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Just after midnight on Sunday night, the flag flying above the White House was hoisted back to full staff.

Since Saturday evening, it had been positioned at half-staff to mark the death of Sen. John McCain, the former Vietnam prisoner of war and onetime Republican nominee for President.

His death had sparked an outpouring of tributes from across the political spectrum, except at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where President Donald Trump has yet to utter a word about McCain since his passing.

The White House flag returned to its regular position even as other flags around Washington — including at the US Capitol — remained in the half-staff mourning position.

The contrast offered the latest reminder of the animosity that Trump has maintained for McCain, even after his passing.

Trump has yet to offer a single word of praise or recognition of McCain’s service since he died Saturday after a battle with brain cancer. The White House offered no official statement, but Trump did tweet his “deepest sympathies and respect” to McCain’s family.

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SOURCE: Jeremy Diamond