US President Donald Trump will not attend the funeral of his political opponent John McCain, a spokesman for the late Senator said.
"The president will not attend the funeral, as far as we know," said McCain family friend Rick Davis. "That's just a fact."
Mr. Davis read a posthumous message from McCain that seemed to give Mr. Trump a barely concealed dig.
At the Embassy, McCain urged Americans not to hide behind walls. [1
The American people are "a nation of ideals, not blood and soil," said Mr. Davis as he read McCain's letter on Monday at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix.
"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries In all corners of the world we sow resentment, hatred and violence," he continued.
"We weaken him when he hides behind walls rather than tearing them down."
In his posthumous letter, McCain also told his fellow American, "Do not despair of our present difficulties." [1 9659007] Mr. Davis confirmed that former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama will commemorate McCain at his funeral on Saturday at the National Cathedral.
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Earlier on Monday, the White House was asked by senators from both parties to lower its US flags in honor of McCain.
Top Democrat Chuck Schumer and top Republican Mitch McConnell said flags on all government buildings should be half staff for the late Senator until his funeral this Sunday.
President Trump ordered that the flags fly halfway on Saturday night, but on Monday they were back at full staff.
Flags at the US Capitol and other federal monuments of Washington DC remained at half staff
Some They said the White House is simply following the right course of action, because the US Flag Code states that the flags are lowered "on the day of death and the next day for a member of Congress". Others pointed out, however, that it is common to keep flags to honor lawmakers and important public figures until their funerals.
McCain's body will be in Arizona's State Capitol on Wednesday and in Capitol Rotunda on Friday to give his peers and the public the opportunity to pay their respects.
The White House made no known formal statement about the weekend over McCain's death, even though a draft was drafted according to US media.
Instead, both the President and the Vice President have expressed their condolences to the family of Senators via Twitter
Critics have wondered why Mr. Trump did not issue a presidential statement to lower the flags, as previous presidents have done for major political figures.
President Obama ordered that the flags in the White House be flown with half the staff for nearly five days after the Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died in 2009.
Mr. Trump made proclamations after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.
He also dropped the flags of former First Lady Barbara Bush to her funeral
Since taking office, the antipathy between the President and McCain has been well documented.
Earlier this month, when he signed a billion-dollar defense bill named after McCain, Mr. Trump did not say his name.
McCain is laid to rest on Sunday in a private ceremony in the US Naval Academy chapel.