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After Lowering W.H. Flag For McCain, Trump Raises It Back To Full-Staff, Triggering Criticism UPDATE: Flag Has Been Lowered Again

On Monday morning, after it had been lowered over the weekend to half-staff to memorialize the death of Senator John McCain on Saturday, the flag at the White House was raised back to full staff. President Trump made no official proclamation regarding McCain, as he has done with proclamations honoring the memory of figures such as Senator John Glenn, Reverend Billy Graham, and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Trump and McCain had a contentious relationship.

In June 2015, after Trump said of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people,” McCain accused him of “firing up the crazies.”

One month later, in Iowa, Trump said he didn’t consider McCain a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam, asserting, “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” After he was criticized, Trump refused to apologize. McCain responded to Trump’s remarks by saying Trump should apologize “to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict.”

McCain was held prisoner in Vietnam for 5 ½ years; roughly one year into his imprisonment, McCain’s father was named commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific. That prompted the North Vietnamese to offer McCain an opportunity to be released. They saw the offer as a propaganda victory and an opportunity to demoralize other American POWs. McCain refused the offer, causing the North Vietnamese to increase his torture with intense beatings; he attempted suicide twice. Two years of his imprisonment were spent in solitary confinement in a windowless 10-by-10-foot cell.

In September 2016, after the tape was released in which Trump spoke of grabbing women “by the p****” and said “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star,” McCain stated, “Donald Trump’s behavior make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” adding there were “no excuses” and that “he alone bears the burden of his conduct.”

In 2017, McCain intensified the anger between the two men when he refused to support the repeal of ObamaCare that Trump and the GOP favored. That tanked the effort by the GOP.

McCain took a dig at Trump in his recent book, “The Restless Wave,” in which he remarked, “Increasingly, we have our own facts to reinforce our convictions and any empirical evidence that disputes them is branded as ‘fake.’”

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Trump decided against issuing a statement praising the heroism and life of McCain, that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for a statement calling him a “hero.”

There was criticism of Trump’s decision to restore the flag to full-staff :

UPDATE: The flag has been lowered again:

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