On the Hill with Doug Christian
August 28, 2018
Washington – The acrimonious feud between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, the Arizona lawmaker and war hero, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, remains on full display despite Sen. McCain’s passing.
Monday morning, the White House raised the flag from half-mast, abiding by federal law requiring flags to be flown at half-staff for two days after the death of members of Congress.
No presidential proclamation to maintain the honor was forthcoming.
Outrage ensued across the political spectrum
The American Legion’s national commander, Denis Rohan, wrote:
“On the behalf of The American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his interment. ”
The president relented, issued a statement, and ordered the flag to be lowered until after internment.
Sen. McCain issues a post-mortem statement through his former campaign manager, Rick Davis. It ends with:
“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.”
“Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”
Doug Christian, Washington