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Donald Trump orders White House flags back to half-staff for John McCain’s death

President Trump ordered flags at the White House lowered to half-staff again Monday to mark the death of Sen. John McCain after heavy criticism from veterans groups and others.

Mr. Trump said in a statement, “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 president also said he has asked Vice President Mike Pence to speak at a ceremony honoring Mr. McCain at the Capitol on Friday.

And at the request of the McCain family, Mr. Trump ordered military transportation of Mr. McCain’s remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., with military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.

Finally, the president asked White House chief of staff John F. John Kelly, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, and White House national security adviser John R. Bolton to represent the administration at his services.

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