White House returns flag to half staff after backlash

"I think it's a bit of a Catch-22", he said.

Presidential spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders called McCain "an American hero" but declined to address the reported ban or say if Trump planned any further remembrances. John McCain conducted by CBN News' Chief Political Correspondent David Brody when he rode with McCain to New Hampshire on the "Straight Talk Express" in 2007.

John McCain, a senior member of the United States Senate and former presidential candidate, has died.

Obama, who triumphed over McCain in the 2008 election, said that despite their differences, McCain and he shared a "fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

The White House issued no formal statement over the weekend about McCain's death, though one was drafted, according to U.S. media. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he tweeted instead.

Mr McCain, a senator from Arizona, announced he had gioblastoma condition in July 2017, leading many to fear that he would not be around for much longer.

"And the spirit that drove him was never extinguished: we are here to commit ourselves to something bigger than ourselves". The bad blood increased after Trump mocked McCain on the campaign trail, declaring that he prefers war heroes who "didn't get captured". First lady Melania Trump tweeted thanks to McCain for his service to the country.

Pham Gia Minh, a 62-year-old businessman, said he witnessed Vietnamese civilians being killed by the U.S bombings of North Vietnam, including the Christmas bombing of Hanoi in 1972, but he admired McCain for overcoming the hard past to build better ties between the two countries. Jeff Flake, who, like McCain, outraged the state's conservative base for bucking Trump on immigration and other issues. He won the nomination fair and square. I have friends. I have so many wonderful people on my staff.

Accusing the former Navy pilot of lying about being tortured while being held prisoner during the Vietnam War, the popular tabloid concluded with the hope that McCain is now burning in hell. While McCain has been treated for cancer in Arizona and unable to vote in Washington, his party's already narrow Senate majority had shrunk from two votes to one.

Click through to McCain's official website for information on memorials and services happening soon. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at the service. On the other hand, President Trump has routinely cozied up to Vladimir Putin and has been obsessed with building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Vice-President Mike Pence will reportedly attend on behalf of the Trump administration.