But in the White House, a split screen unfolded from the rest of the country. The American flag flew at the Executive Mansion, where Mr. Trump began his public schedule by announcing a reorganization of his trade agreement with Mexico. The president seemed so ready to make a political victory for the public that the television cameras went live before the telephone equipment was directed by Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican president.
"Enrique?" Trump asked nervously on live television as his helpers tried to find the phone. Hello, please help. "
While expressive in his telephone conversation with Mr. Nieto, the President sat with his arms crossed and looked straight ahead as reporters asked him several times, the only one Tweet he sent over the weekend to expand ] his relatives McCain's condolences . During another event with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr. Trump leaned forward with folded hands, ignoring the shrill questions about Mr. McCain as the cameras rolled.
The image of the White House flag made its rounds on social media, drawing the wrath of Trump administration critics and several veteran groups until it was lowered late in the afternoon of Monday afternoon.
A veterans group, VoteVets, issued a statement with scathing criticism. "Donald Trump refuses to lower the flag for John McCain As we said yesterday, Donald Trump is a pathetic, thin-skinned, egocentric, petty-coward," wrote the group on Monday in a Twitter post . And the American Legion (19659002) "On behalf of the two million American Legion war veterans, I urge you to make a corresponding presidential proclamation mentioning the death of Senator McCain's legacy of service to our nation, and that of our flag Nation is half occupied by his burial, "wrote Denise Rohan, the national commander of the American Legion, in a statement.