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

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Trump and McCain had a tense relationship, and McCain was one of the administration's most outspoken Republican critics.

The raising and lowering of the flag over the White House might be seen as the final symbolic tug-of-war between President Donald Trump and Sen.

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

The White House flag was eventually re-lowered, and shortly thereafter President Trump issued his first non-Twitter statement - almost 44 hours after McCain's death was reported.

Tributes to McCain continued to pour in from former U.S. presidents, members of Congress and foreign leaders while Trump golfed on Sunday.

I have asked Vice President Mike Pence to offer an address at the ceremony honoring Senator McCain at the United States Capitol this Friday.

The second was a statement from Trump himself.

"He was my friend and mentor", Brown said, "and I will never forget him". "We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down".

McCain is a decorated Vietnam War hero who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war and served in the Senate for six terms.

Bush and Obama had been McCain's political opponents, too, blocking his White House ambitions in 2000 and 2008, respectively.

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"The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service", the statement read. McCain reportedly did not want him there, after Trump's relentless personal attacks on McCain.

Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and MI flags to be lowered to half-staff this week to honor U.S. Senator John McCain, who passed away on Saturday.

Among the pallbearers will be Democratic former vice president Joe Biden, ex-senator Russ Feingold, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor Warren Beatty.

Aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Charles Schumer requested that the Department of Defence keep flags at government buildings lowered until the sunset after McCain is buried in Annapolis, Maryland, next Sunday.

In Washington, Mr. McCain's death has been a rare occasion for bipartisan praise for his lifetime in public service.

Former President Jimmy Carter called McCain "a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word".

Senators returning to work were saddened by his passing.

People testify to the respect he earned in the Senate by working across party lines, and is often described as a maverick.

Despite his famous stubborn streak and occasional orneriness, McCain was widely admired on both sides of the aisle, and tributes poured in Friday after the family announced the treatment decision.

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