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Two days after Senator McCain's death, Mr Trump said he respected the senator's "service to our country" and had signed a proclamation to fly the United States flag at half-staff until his burial.

A group of current and former USA officials from across the political spectrum is set to take part in Saturday's memorial service for Senator John McCain, one of the last in a string of services honoring the longtime lawmaker who died Saturday at the age of 81.

Noting McCain's death, several candidates, including Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who are expected to win their party's races for the state's other U.S. Senate seat, on Sunday evening said they would suspend their campaigns on Wednesday and Thursday.

Trump rejected a more laudatory White House statement that praised McCain's war record and decades of public service, and he did not answered any shouted questions from reporters about McCain during multiple press availabilities on Monday, the Washington Post reported.

Mr. Trump's initial silence about Mr. McCain underscored the isolation of the USA leader and fueled criticism that he is incapable of bringing a divided nation together even as it mourns a man widely seen as an American hero and a political icon. Both men released statements after the death of McCain, praising the senator's patriotism and friendship.

"Our hearts and prayers are going to the family", Trump also said, echoing his tweet.

The Arizona Republican died on Saturday of brain cancer.

The White House flag was lowered after McCain's death on Saturday - but it was once again at the top of the flagpole on Monday morning.

The Senate, without need for a vote from the House or for President Donald Trump's support, can rename the office building.

As he prepared for the end of his life, McCain said he did not want Trump at his funeral, instead favoring attendance by Pence, with whom he served in Congress.

Graham said he remembers above all else the concession speech McCain gave the night he lost the presidency to Barrack Obama in 2008. A private funeral will follow at the Naval Academy Chapel and McCain is to be buried at the academy cemetery.

Before Trump's Monday afternoon statement, his only commentary on McCain's death had been a perfunctory tweet on Saturday.

Marge Poe was especially moved by a handwritten letter a grandmother wrote that mentioned how McCain set an example for all of us.

'He was America's hero all along, ' said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who clashed with McCain over campaign finance legislation that McCain championed and McConnell spent years trying to kill. "I like people that weren't captured".

In a show of mutual respect for McCain's love of America and brand of bipartisan politics, Schumer said in a statement that he will introduce legislation to rename the Senate's Russell building after McCain.

Trump's attack on the search engine fit his strategy of keeping critics and supporters off-kilter by tossing out daily diversions from his most recent blunders, such as the disgraceful snub of American hero John McCain.


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