UPDATE 3 p.m.

(CBS) — The flag at the White House is now again flying at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain.

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After President Trump declined to issue a formal statement over the weekend after McCain’s death, President Trump today did issue a statement on Monday and ordered the flag to fly once again at half-staff (the flag had been flying again at full staff this morning after being lowered over the weekend):


Statement from the President

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.

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Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.


(CBS) — The American flag flying above the White House was at full staff early Monday morning even as the nation continued honoring the life and legacy of Sen. John McCain. The Arizona Republican, whose relationship with President Trump has long been fraught, died on Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.

While the White House originally lowered the flag late Saturday evening, White House reporters, including CBS News’ Mark Knoller, noticed that the flag was back at full staff Monday morning.

Knoller notes that Mr. Trump did not issue a formal proclamation on McCain’s death. Typical practice is for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment. McCain’s final resting service will take place Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Meanwhile, governors from Ohio’s John Kasich to New York’s Andrew Cuomo ordered that public flags in their respective states remain at half-staff to honor McCain. The senator will lie in state at the Arizona state capitol on Wednesday with his first memorial service taking place in Phoenix on Thursday. Vice President Joe Biden is currently slated to speak.

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He will later lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with another service taking place in Washington on Saturday, where former  Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak.