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John McCain's final words: A farewell letter to America

John McCain's final words: A farewell letter to America

Bowing to pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday ordered American flags at USA buildings lowered to half-staff for Sen.

Top Democrat Chuck Schumer and top Republican Mitch McConnell said flags on all government buildings should be at half-staff for the late senator.

The White House flag is no longer at half-staff in honor of Sen. In a final statement, McCain requested that former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush speak at his funeral.

People around the world are sharing their memories of Senator John McCain.

Others also had no luck getting the president to reply.

The US Capitol building continues to fly their flag at half-staff in accordance to tradition, and multiple states' governors have also made a decision to keep their flags at half-staff until the Senator is buried. While it is not known if she'll be able to attend his funeral, which, as officially announced, will take place on 2 September at the cemetery of the naval Academy in Annapolis (Maryland) graduate was John McCain.

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British musician and composer Elton John praised Franklin's "unique" voice, calling her "the greatest soul artist of all time ". Barbra Streisand shared a photo of her and Franklin from 2012, tweeting: "It's hard to conceive of a world without her".

The White House had prepared a full statement, as is customary.

Trump and McCain famously feuded over the past few years, with the president declaring that McCain was "not a war hero" and criticizing the dying senator during rallies.

"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to thy the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment", the statement reads, in part.

The Naval Academy tweeted that it was mourning the loss of McCain, "one of our most distinguished graduates".

And naturally, there was this comment on Monday morning: "The awkward relationship between John McCain and Donald Trump continues even after McCain's death", noted The Washington Post. Both former presidents have been particularly critical of Trump. "On behalf of Tricia and I and the entire NYGOP, we offer our deepest condolences to Cindy and the McCain family". The White House flag was re-lowered to half-staff this afternoon. Trump earlier disparaged McCain's Vietnam War service, saying he was "not a war hero" despite spending more than five years as a POW and enduring torture. John McCain, are back at full-staff.

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