Colyer orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor McCain

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Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday in honor of U.S. Sen.

Defense Department guidelines call for flags to be flown at half-staff "from the day of death through the following day" in the event a U.S. senator or member of Congress dies.

"But John McCain was not just a sitting senator", the statement said.

The absence of a formal communique from the White House has raised eyebrows and was all the more conspicuous after Vice President Mike Pence along with most of the cabinet, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and all the living former presidents had issued their own statements over the weekend.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Those comments provoked the ire of former United midfielder Paul Scholes, who said there was "no defence" for such remarks. Asked whether the relationship with Woodward is fine, the 55-year-old replied: "Of course".

The White House lowered the flag Saturday evening following news of his death.

Trump shared a sympathetic message across social media platforms, stating "our hearts and prayers are with you", however alongside the message on Instagram was an image of himself.

McCain, the son of a high-ranking US Navy officer, served in Vietnam as a lieutenant commander and was captured in 1967 as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down while on a bombing mission over the country's north. McCain spent over five years at the infamous prison known as the Hanoi Hilton, where he was reportedly tortured. "I think it's actually respectful of the president to give it space and distance and to allow the family its opportunity to celebrate John McCain's life".

He will lie in state at Arizona's capitol on Wednesday, before a public viewing Friday at the Rotunda of the US Capitol, an honor reserved for the likes of John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and civil rights champion Rosa Parks.

Throughout Trump's presidency, McCain did not hesitate to speak candidly about policy differences with Trump, including the president's friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin. Burial will be in the academy cemetery.

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