McCain died Saturday at age 81 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. "Obviously we would have liked the honor to be extended further and would hope the president would extend that honor for the day of interment".
He was well aware of the McCain family naval legacy.
President Trump has asked Vice-President Mike Pence to speak at a service at the US Capitol on Friday, and deputed chief of staff John Kelly, defense secretary James Mattis and national security advisor John Bolton to represent him at the Sunday service.
Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, called McCain an American patriot and a cherished personal friend. "I think this would be a particularly good one, but I want to make sure the family is OK with it", Flake said.
But U.S. President Donald Trump, who frequently engaged in political taunts with McCain and three years ago said McCain was only deemed a hero because he was captured as a POW, was criticized after his initial reactions to McCain's death only expressed condolences to his family and didn't mention his military service or political career. The service will also include a performance of the Irish ballad "Danny Boy" by opera singer Renée Fleming.
Since his death, world leaders and McCain's former colleagues in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, have shared their favorite memories of McCain, and extolled his status as a senior statesman on the world stage.
Graham concluded his remarks by saying that without McCain, he'll be on a lonely journey "for a while" and that he shouldn't be looked upon to replace his dear friend.
A final draft of the statement was ready for the president's approval, per the Post.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who served with McCain for 31 years, says he's in favor of "naming nearly any building" for McCain, but adds, "I'm not sure that I would make a decision on a specific building at this point".
"John taught us how to lose", he said, recalling McCain's concession speech after losing to Barack Obama. "And we can try, as he summoned us to try, to restore the Senate to its rightful place in our national political life", Schumer said about the Republican he'd worked alongside since the early 1980s.
White supremacists who marched in Charlottesville past year chanted "blood and soil", a translation of a Nazi slogan.
McCain's death could give Trump even greater leverage over a rightward-tilting Republican party as he fights for his political life against the Russian Federation meddling and obstruction investigations.
In a contrast with the White House, Senate leaders of both parties have formally requested American flags at government buildings remain at half-staff to honor Sen. We have not reached greatness. "As the son and grandson of four-star admirals, I have always been accustomed to living in the large shadows cast by great men". "If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times". She clarified that she had nothing to do with the orders ― they came from Washington. We never hide from history.