United States President, Donald Trump, has been berated by a prominent veteran’s group for his muted and subdued response to the demise of Sen. John McCain, after the White House flag was fully raised on Monday after being briefly flown at half mast.
McCain, who was a leading conservative dissident within Trump’s Republican Party, died on Aug. 25.
Oddly enough, the White House has issued no statement on the death, with Trump tweeting only a terse and brusque statement of condolence for the family with no mention of McCain’s military and political careers.
“It’s outrageous that the White House would mark American hero John McCain’s death with a two-sentence tweet, making no mention of his heroic and inspiring life,” said Joe Chenelly, National Executive Director of AMVETS.
During events attended by reporters on Monday at the White House, Trump conveniently ignored questions about his McCain response.
The flag on the White House roof was lowered late Saturday and all day Sunday to half mast but returned to the top of the pole on Monday.
A few hundred metres away, flags around the Washington Monument remained at half mast.
Federal rules call for flags to be lowed for Congress members on the day of death and the day after.
“By lowering flags for not one second more than the bare minimum required by law, in spite of a long-standing tradition of lowering flags until the funeral, the White House is openly showcasing its blatant disrespect for Sen. McCain’s many decades of service and sacrifice to our country as well as the service of all his fellow veterans,” Chenelly said.