After announcing a new trade deal with Mexico, President Trump has made yet another statement to the public today, this time addressing the passing of longtime Senator John McCain.
Trump and McCain had not seen eye to eye on a number of issues during the waning months of the Senator’s life. This was not only readily apparent during McCain’s last few public appearances, but also through a series of posthumous jabs taken at the President’s expense by the Arizona Senator himself.
The first was in a letter to the American people in which McCain deplored the idea of “walls” and division in our nation.
The second came when it was discovered that McCain had specifically requested that President Trump not be invited to attend his funeral.
“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 fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.
I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday,” the statement said.
“At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services,” the president said.
Senator McCain’s body will lie in state at the US Capitol on Friday as the nation pays their respects to the longtime public servant.