John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

McCain battled glioblastoma for 10 months before stopping treatment

Trump's Oval Office predecessors and respective McCain campaign rivals George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to deliver eulogies in Washington D.C as the 81-year old's body lies in state at the U.S Capitol later this week. The White House had lowered its flag to half-staff on Sunday, but shortly after midnight, it was back at full staff, in a clear break with precedent - which dictates that it be lowered until burial - and the US flag code.

President Donald Trump broke his silence on the passing of U.S. Sen. "John McCain's service to our country".

Trump tweeted that his "deepest sympathies and respect" went out to McCain's family. "John McCain was one of them", the New York Democrat said in a statement Saturday night, just after McCain died, CBS News reports.

He later told evangelical leaders that "we very much appreciate everything that senator McCain has done for our country".

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The Post, which cited current and former White House aides who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations, said White House chief of staff John Kelly, press secretary Sarah Sanders and other staff urged the release of an official statement calling McCain a "hero" and praising him for his extensive service to the country. Ted Kennedy died in 2009 - nine years to the day that McCain died, and of the same form of brain cancer.

McCain was the son and grandson of admirals and followed them to the U.S. Naval Academy. McCain reportedly did not want him there, after Trump's relentless personal attacks on McCain.

"Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm on August 25, 2018".

While the nation and world continues to honor Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican's long life of service will be celebrated throughout the week in a series of services and ceremonies taking place at his family home and in the Washington, D.C. area.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said the McCain's death marks a "sad day for the United States", which has lost a "decorated war hero and statesman".

Senate leaders and the American Legion, nation's largest veterans' service organization, objected Monday to the flag being raised.

Mr. McCain, who served as a senator from Arizona for more than 30 years, clashed repeatedly with Mr. Trump even though they were both Republicans, and the president initially paid scant tribute to the senator after his death.

In addition to signing the proclamation, Trump announced that he'd asked Vice President Mike Pence to give an address at the ceremony honoring McCain at the Capitol on Friday.

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According to McCain's family, "friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as USA and worldwide leaders, have been invited to attend and participate in the service".

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