Trump finally issues statement on John McCain's death

Barack Obama, Jimmy Kimmel, Reese Witherspoon and more remember John McCain: 'A Hero has fallen'

Remembering John McCain: ‘America came first with him at all times’

This is false. We found absolutely no corroboration for the claim that McCain said this of President Trump before his death on 25 August, and the source - "America Loves Donald Trump" - is a Facebook page run by political troll utilizing fabricated inflammatory memes presented as "satire".

Early on Monday, multiple national news organizations began reporting that the flag, which had been lowered to half-staff Saturday evening, was once again flying high.

But President Donald Trump, who had clashed with fellow Republican McCain over various issues and said during his campaign that the senator was "not a war hero", wavered in his approach to what presidents normally treat as a gesture of courtesy and respect.

"The Filipino people extend their deepest condolences to Senator McCain's family and to the people of the United States of America", he said.

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Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have reportedly been asked to deliver eulogies.

During the Vietnam War, McCain served as a Navy pilot.

In death, McCain himself had more to say.

Flake, who, as McCain was, is often critical of the president, also paid tribute to his mentor and colleague.

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American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris remembered McCain as a "statesman and a national treasure - and an avid supporter of Israel, an ally he first visited almost 40 years ago". John McCain, giving his respects while signing an order to fly the American flag at half-staff. White House chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton would represent the administration at the funeral, Trump said in his statement.

A family spokesman issued a farewell statement from McCain in which he said of the United States: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries". This message also seemingly condemns the rise of nationalism of Trump's fan base ("tribal rivalries") and the president's blowhard approach to foreign relations, which has "sown resentment" toward the United States in the global community.

McCain is to lie in state in the Capitol Friday.

On Monday AMVETS, one of the USA's largest veterans organisations, tweeted that it was "deeply disappointed in the lack of traditional and appropriate respect in the White House's reaction" to the loss of the decorated Vietnam veteran's.

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McCain, who's remembered by most as an American hero, will be laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy's cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday. Trump, as a presidential candidate, drew the ire of many in his own party for questioning McCain's heroism. "But he didn't leave, he just said that's not the policy and 'I'll go home after everyone who was shot down before me goes home'".

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