'Do not despair': Read John McCain's farewell letter

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President Trump on Monday issued a statement acknowledging that he and McCain had vast differences but adding that he respected the senator's "service to our country" and signed a proclamation to fly the US flag at half-staff until his burial.

Finally, under pressure from veterans and members of Congress, Trump said in a statement later on Monday that he respected McCain's service to the nation and ordered flags to half-staff.

There, Vice President Pence, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and minority leader Chuck Schumer will all lay wreaths, and Davis said, members of the public "will be encouraged to view John".

Both McCain and Flake have pushed back against President Trump's brand of politics - touting bipartisanship and civility rather than casting the opposing party as obstructionists and enemies.

Citing unnamed current and former White House aides, the Post said Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other senior staff had advocated for a statement that called McCain a "hero". McCain's funeral is scheduled for Sunday.

Mr Trump regularly hit back at his rival, and controversially said Mr McCain was "not a war hero" in 2015.

The family of Mr McCain, who fought in Vietnam and was a prominent critic of the Trump administration, has requested that the president stays away from the funeral. But it flew at full staff on Monday.

It might seem like an odd proposal - after all, Richard Russell was a Democrat who represented Georgia in the Senate for 38 years and who was dubbed a "senators' senator" for his mastery of the chamber's arcane rules and procedures. McCain served in the chamber for six terms, most recently as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

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He survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before becoming a leading actor on the political stage for decades. He went on to win a seat in the House and in 1986, the Senate, where he served for the rest of his life.

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McCain was a frequent critic of Trump on everything from his leadership style to his Russian Federation policy. He was one of just three Republican senators to vote against - and thus defeat - a Trump-backed effort to repeal Barack Obama's signature health care law.

It read: 'My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain.

The flags at the White House, which were lowered over the weekend to mark the death of Sen.

McCain died Saturday evening after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences on Twitter to McCain's family but hasn't issued a presidential proclamation with an order lowering the flags.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had issued a government-wide notification after McCain's death to lower flags at U.S. facilities but rescinded it on Monday, leaving the decision to staff at individual sites, according to an official.

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 USA flag code.

By day's end, Trump had done just that, with no immediate explanation from the White House.