Trump has been oddly avoiding commenting on the passing of Senator John McCain Monday. And seeming to bow to the constant questions and pressure, or, more likely, out of frustration that people are letting it go he his staff issued a couple of statements through the White House.
Statement from the President
Issued on: August 27, 2018
"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.
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 White House flag was flying at half-mast over the weekend after the Senator's death, but this was the flag Monday morning, less than 48 hours prior:
So, now they're lowering it again? That seems really genuine...
He His staff followed up with a Presidential Proclamation:
Presidential Proclamation on the Death of Senator John Sidney McCain III
Issued on: August 27, 2018
"As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
DONALD J. TRUMP"
This feels a lot like when people are dating and one of them continuously brings up that the other doesn't do something for them that they feel they should be doing, i.e. giving them flowers; from that moment on, the act of giving flowers is tainted. The person getting the flowers will always wonder if the person giving them the flowers really wanted to, or did it just to get them to stop bringing it up. These are nice sentiments from
Trump his staff, but too little, too late, and everyone knows why Trump is giving the flowers.
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