White House flags returned to full staff on Monday after a brief tribute to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died less than two days earlier.
Meanwhile, flags remained lowered at the U.S. Capitol building, just two miles east of the president’s official residence and workplace. The buildings had lowered their flags Saturday evening following McCain’s death.
Two of Washington's great landmarks are showing something different this morning:
-All flags at the U.S. Capitol are flying at half staff in honor of the late Senator John McCain.
-The White house flags are now at full staff after they were lowered over the weekend. pic.twitter.com/FNHJSi2GBf
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 27, 2018
Typically, the president issues a proclamation when a high-profile figure dies, ordering all public buildings and military bases to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until the day of internment. President Donald Trump did not issue a proclamation for McCain, whose body will be laid to rest Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who controls the Capitol’s flags, also did not immediately return a request for comment.
“The standard operating procedure for Congress when members die is for flags to be lowered to half-staff until internment,” a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told HuffPost in an email Monday.
Trump has done little to hide his disdain for McCain, a former Republican presidential nominee and decorated Vietnam veteran. He infamously mocked McCain’s military record at a political forum in Iowa in the summer of 2015, soon after announcing his bid for president. Trump suggested McCain wasn’t a “war hero” because he had been “captured” during the Vietnam War. McCain was held in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war for over five years after his plane was shot down while he was flying a bombing mission over Hanoi.
McCain’s rebuttals were often more measured than Trump’s brash rhetoric. But he frequently criticized the president’s policies and tone, taking aim at Trump’s friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and famously sinking legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He reportedly disinvited Trump to his funeral.
Despite an outpouring of tributes from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Trump tweeted a curt statement Sunday expressing his “deepest sympathies and respect” to McCain’s family. His tweet was met with fierce backlash from veterans and media pundits, including Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.
“Still not a kind word about McCain himself,” Hume tweeted about Trump’s statement.
Other Twitter users slammed Trump for using a picture of himself in his Instagram post about McCain’s death.
Donald Trump’s Instagram post about the death of John McCain features... wait for it... a photo of Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/sRKFTWfrZS
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 26, 2018
Trump’s apparent refusal to honor McCain with the White House flags didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter either.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.