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BREAKING: Trump makes a U-Turn, lowers White House flag out of ‘respect’ for McCain



Under fire for what critics said was a lack of respect for the late US senator John McCain , President Donald Trump on Monday issued a formal proclamation about the lawmaker ’ s death and ordered the White House flag back to half -staff .“ 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, ” Trump said in a statement.

The proclamation affects the flag atop the White House and all public buildings , as well as military installations and embassies .

Trump said Vice President Mike Pence would speak at a ceremony on Friday at the US Capitol in remembrance of McCain .

( AFP )