As politicians, the press and the nation mourned Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) following his death last weekend, President Donald Trump went remarkably silent, reportedly feeling the attention was excessive.
CNN national correspondent Athena Jones revealed Tuesday that the commander in chief had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about it all, even as colleagues pushed him to show more respect for McCain.
“He felt that the television coverage of McCain’s passing was over-the-top,” Jones said. “As the day progressed, aides continued to press the president to at least address the flag issue.”
Between Sunday and Monday, the White House flag was raised from half-staff to full-staff, despite the precedent that it remain lowered until the burial of the official being honored. Under pressure from his advisers, Trump finally caved.
According to Jones, “staff were privately hoping the president would issue a fuller respectful statement honoring senator McCain along with a proclamation declaring that the flag should be lowered to half-staff,” even as the same request from Chief of Staff John Kelly and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine was initially rejected.
By Monday afternoon, Trump issued the proclamation and praised McCain’s service to the nation.
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