White House Flags Return to Half-Staff in Honor of Senator John McCain

The White House flag is seen after being returned to half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) after first being lowered on Sunday in his honor, then raised again just after midnight on Monday and then being returned to half-staff Monday afternoon at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Facing a national outpouring of scorn, the White House relented Monday afternoon and once again lowered flags on the grounds to half staff in honor of the late Sen. John McCain.

The flags had been raised to full staff earlier Monday, after being lowered for only a few days to mark the death of McCain.

But politicians from both sides of the aisle as well as national leaders of veterans’ groups, slammed President Trump in protest, calling the commander-in-chief vindictive and petty.

The White House typically honors deceased lawmakers by keeping the building’s flags at half-staff until their funerals, according to The Hill.

But that requires a presidential proclamation, and Trump didn’t issue one.

The move comes shortly after the American Legion and other veterans organizations had blasted Trump.

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SOURCE: NY Post, Nikki Schwab and Ruth Brown