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Donald Trump on Monday repeatedly ignored questions about the
death of Sen. John McCain.

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Vucci/AP


  • President Donald Trump on Monday ignored a reporter’s
    questions on the late Sen. John McCain at least 10
    times.
  • ABC News reporter John Karl repeatedly asked Trump for
    his thoughts on McCain’s passing, but the president never
    answered.
  • This occurred as Trump faced criticism over
    returning the White House flag to full-mast just two days after
    the Republican senator’s death. 
  • After widespread criticism, Trump ultimately returned
    the flag to half-mast on Monday afternoon. 

President Donald Trump on Monday ignored a reporter’s questions
on the late Sen. John McCain at least 10 times as he faced
criticism over
returning the White House flag to full-mast
just two days
after the Republican senator’s death. 

ABC News reporter John Karl repeatedly asked Trump for his
thoughts on McCain’s passing, but the president never answered.

Karl asked Trump questions such as whether he believed McCain was
a hero and whether he would react to calls from veteran’s groups
to lower the flag to half-mast to honor the Arizona senator, who
was a decorated Vietnam War veteran. At times Karl was standing
just a few feet away from the president, but Trump still did not
react. 

These questions were caught on video, in which Trump can be seen
staring straight forward with almost no visible reaction. 

Trump, who had a contentious relationship with McCain, was
broadly criticized Monday for not issuing a proclamation to keep
the flag at half-mast at government and military buildings until
the late senator’s interment at the US Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday. 

US flag code calls for the flag to be flown at
half-mast “on the day of death and the following day
for a Member of Congress,” and the White House honored this over
the weekend.
 But presidents traditionally sign
proclamations for the flags to remain at half-mast until the day
of interment when prominent public officials die, and Trump
initially refrained from do so. 

The American Legion on Monday addressed this in a letter to the
president, stating,
I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential
proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service
to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through
his interment.”

Other veterans groups and members of Congress also called
on Trump to lower the flag to half-mast throughout the
day. 

Amid the mounting criticism,
Trump ultimately issued a proclamation
on Monday afternoon
calling for the flag to be lowered in honor of
McCain. 

“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 on this decision.

McCain died of brain cancer in his home state of Arizona on
Saturday. He was 81 years old.

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