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McCain is escorted by Lt. Cmdr. Jay Coupe Jr. to the Hanoi airport after McCain was released from captivity in 1973.
John
McCain is escorted by Lt. Cmdr. Jay Coupe Jr. to the Hanoi
airport after McCain was released from captivity in
1973.

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Faas/AP


  • Senator John McCain’s office issued his farewell
    statement to the American people after his death on
    Saturday.
  • The statement slammed 
    President
    Donald Trump’s policies without mentioning his name.
  • Meanwhile, Trump led a confused White House response to
    a self-inflicted controversy caused by the White House not
    keeping flags at half mast for the customary period of
    time.
  • Trump eventually re-lowered flags and made a statement
    saying he respected McCain.
  • McCain let his final feelings towards Trump be known by
    not inviting him to his funeral.

Sen. John McCain’s office issued his farewell statement to the
American people after his death on Saturday. In it he slammed
President Donald Trump’s policies as the president became mired
in controversy over his apparent disrespect for the former
Arizona senator.

McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate and longtime party
leadership figure, and Trump — a political neophyte whose now
wide grip on the party dates back less than two years— had long
been rivals.

McCain, who survived North Vietnamese forces shooting down his
plane, a failed ejection that shattered three of his limbs, a
savage beating by the waiting enemy, and a stint as a prisoner of
war wherein he refused early release to favor other US captives,
has repeatedly had his status as a war hero questioned by Trump.

The two frequently sparred on issues of decorum. McCain also

dealt a death blow to Trump’s American Health Care Act
,
severely setting back the president’s legislative agenda.

But in dying, McCain made clear his true feelings for Trump by
asking him not to attend his
funeral
and rebuking him in his final words to the
country. 

From McCain’s farewell:

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with
tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and
violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we
hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the
power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force
for change they have always been.”


trump mccain
Sen. John McCain,
President Donald Trump.

J. Scott
Applewhite/AP, Richard Drew/AP



Trump’s controversial response to McCain’s death

Since McCain’s death, Trump has come under fire for a
confused and possibly disrespectful response to the passing of an
American who served his country for sixty years.

Initially, Trump made no statement on McCain himself, only

wishing his family well
in wake of his death. Later, Trump’s
White House bucked the long-established trend of flying flags at
half mast from the time of a Senator’s death to his
burial.

The White House and Pentagon, buildings under control of
the executive branch, raised their flags shortly after McCain’s
death, while Congress continued to keep theirs low.

“I doubt you could find a comparable situation where the
president doesn’t order the flag flown at half-mast until the
funeral,” said John Lawrence, history professor at the University
of California’s Washington Center to Reuters.

“The disparity between the Congress and White House policy is
obviously noticeable and somewhat shocking.”

On Monday, the flags returned to half staff along with a
statement from Trump that struck a more conciliatory note
after hours of pressure from veteran’s groups.

“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,” the statement
said. 

In his death, McCain left a hole in Congress and the fabric
of American public life, as well as a vision of how the country
can recover from political divisiveness. 

From McCain:

“We are three hundred and twenty five million opinionated,
vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even
vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have
always had so much more in common with each other than in
disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the
benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will
get through these challenging times. We will come through them
stronger than before. We always do.”

Read McCain’s full farewell below:


John Mccain
Carolyn
Kaster/AP


“My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty
years, and especially my fellow Arizonans.

“Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the
rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has
allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country
honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America
will be weighed favorably against them.

“I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth.
I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I
have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences,
adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and
I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would
not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best
day of anyone else’s.

“I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man
ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than
I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to
America’s causes – liberty, equal justice, respect for the
dignity of all people – brings happiness more sublime than
life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth
are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes
bigger than ourselves.

“‘Fellow Americans’ – that association has meant more to me
than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are
citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals,
not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to
humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in
the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and
poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great
wealth and power in the process.

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with
tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and
violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we
hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt
the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great
force for change they have always been.

“We are three hundred and twenty five million opinionated,
vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even
vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have
always had so much more in common with each other than in
disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the
benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will
get through these challenging times. We will come through them
stronger than before. We always do.

“Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the
election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with
the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that
evening.

“I feel it powerfully still.

“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always
in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is
inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We
never hide from history. We make history.

“Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless
America.”

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