Secret Service uses John McCain’s old code name one last time in touching tribute

The United States Secret Service isn’t known for its emotional side, but the agency lowered its collective shades on Monday to pay tribute to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

The department tweeted a message that included McCain’s old code name from when he was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. 

McCain died on Saturday at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state in the rotunda of the Arizona state Capitol on Wednesday and in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday before a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday. 

McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Meanwhile, CNN’s Chris Cuomo has hit back at suggestions that McCain's death is being used to “beat up the president” during a heated panel discussion with Rick Santorum and Bakari Sellers on Monday night.

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 Arizona Sen. John McCain's family announced on Friday, August 24, 2018 that he had discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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John McCain personifies service to our country. The whole House is keeping John and his family in our prayers during this time.
I love my husband with all of my heart. God bless everyone who has cared for my husband along this journey. https://t.co/v27sEbboii
Very sad to hear this morning’s update from the family of our dear friend @SenJohnMcCain. We are so fortunate to ca… https://t.co/B2hNCUeEHW
Today, we received the sad news of @SenJohnMcCain’s decision. Courageous and heroic as ever. A national treasure. O… https://t.co/yGl0h0tqVa
To @SenJohnMcCain: Thank you. Thank you with all of my heart for your commitment to our country, your inspiration,… https://t.co/LHC3ZUTNdf
God bless John McCain, his family, and all who love him — a brave man showing us once again what the words grace an… https://t.co/6vnvicltPy
Prayers for @SenJohnMcCain and his family at this most trying time 🙏🏻 May comfort and peace envelope them. May my f… https://t.co/3kd8O59s68
No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service, sacrifice, and country first than Senator John M… https://t.co/4lVX9otX1O
John McCain is going to finish the race the way he has done everything in his life, his way and on his terms. May G… https://t.co/0cwjppGGry
I’m praying for @SenJohnMcCain and his family during this time. Our nation continues to be grateful for his lifetim… https://t.co/8vwpUURChJ
Heartbreaking news this morning about my friend @SenJohnMcCain. Please join me in saying a prayer for John,… https://t.co/VRm4LohIcv
Sad to hear that @SenJohnMcCain has stopped medical treatment, but no one can deny his faithful service to our nati… https://t.co/hnrEvdFZvl
We are praying for you every day, John. We love you. Thank you for your courage, and for your extraordinary service… https://t.co/Tfx6CQG74Q
My thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family. https://t.co/cqHXdjJntj
God bless and keep this wonderful man and his family @SenJohnMcCain
Our prayers are with John and the wonderful McCain family today. https://t.co/ufEuUkKhT3
I just want to acknowledge the continuing and abiding love, care, and dedication that Cindy McCain and the family a… https://t.co/JJ2p9rHhCp
The entire McCain clan is doing exactly what the McCains have done through generations — rise to the meet the challenge.
Elizabeth and I are saddened to hear the news about our friend, John McCain. John is a great American hero who has… https://t.co/XnugFmmGwJ
.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero. Angela and I send our prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy and the entire McCain f… https://t.co/NkqlzziXP7
Senator McCain is a friend and hero. God bless him and his family. https://t.co/Dyel4eBvjS
One of the true honors of my life has been having @SenJohnMcCain as a friend & mentor. He’s a true American hero. H… https://t.co/NinmhEX9Bp
Sending my prayers to @SenJohnMcCain and his family. Nobody fights harder than the Maverick.
Amazed at the unwavering strength of my friend and colleague, @SenJohnMcCain. My thoughts and prayers are with John… https://t.co/Jw67rvFY6H
May the prayers and affection of his country, and of friends around the world, surround John and his beloved family… https://t.co/UeKiOIOpF9
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Santorum levelled the accusation after footage was shown of Donald Trump ignoring questions from the press in relation to the senator’s passing.

Trump has garnered negative press since the passing of McCain, even turning down the release of an official White House statement that would have celebrated the late Republican and Vietnam War veteran as a “hero,” according to The Washington Post

“I just don’t think it does anything to the memory of John McCain to use him as a cudgel to beat up the president,” Santorum said. “The media seems to have this fascination to try to use the death of John McCain to further belittle and beat up Donald Trump.”

The comments ignited the CNN anchor, who shot back with “you think we need to do that to find reasons to criticize the president? This is a moment that matters.”

Joining the already heated discussion, Sellers pointed out that under Trump the Republican Party had turned into “one of cowardice,” with members trying to “contort themselves into pretzels” in an attempt to defend the president’s behavior.

“The fact is, you have John McCain who is a war hero. Even my democrats, even the people on the left who want to chastise him for whatever his policy may have been, we’re saying that now is not the time,” he said.

“You have a president this week who did not stand up and show the best of what we can be, and that’s a problem. John McCain deserves all the glory today.”

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The U.S. flag flies at full staff less than 48 hours after John McCain's death over the White House in Washington, U.S., August 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning th… https://t.co/PTQY1kfEVp
Trump had to get the last attack in on John McCain. Simply disgusting. Simply despicable! https://t.co/KmNspb10D9
The easiest way to reconcile Trump bitching about NFL players “disrespecting the flag” with his refusal to dip the… https://t.co/TeOaVIadco
If you're surprised at all that the Trump White House would do the absolute bare minimum required by law when it co… https://t.co/GR5iPqeKqF
Fairly striking image -- all of the flags surrounding the Washington Monument are at half-staff, though the flag at… https://t.co/B8kD8oPoCr
Oh, I see, White House. By raising the flag back to full mast prematurely, you’re saying that it’s ok to use the sy… https://t.co/O5oZSuJqG1
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During the discussion, Santorum also referred to remarks made by the CNN anchor’s borther, New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo, earlier this month that America was “never that great”.

“He said it and it was wrong and he corrected it. God forbid our president try that once,” Cuomo responded.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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