Statement from the President on Sen. McCain’s Death

Statement from the President on Sen. McCain’s Death
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Senator John McCain died Saturday from an aggressive form of brain cancer. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church with former Vice President Joe Biden speaking.

McCain was a noted critic of President Trump, and the President’s response to McCain’s death has been closely watched. The White House today released this statement from the President:

“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

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

At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

Finally, I have asked General John Kelly, Secretary James Mattis, and Ambassador John Bolton to represent my Administration at his services.”

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