Vietnam remembers, mourns former POW John McCain

PM Modi Condoles US Senator John McCain's Death

Then-GOP presidential hopeful John McCain (R-Ariz.), left, huddles with Rick Davis, who was his campaign manager at the time, on February 6, 2008.

At the time of the infamous Access Hollywood tape leak - which recorded Trump boasting about grabbing women "by the p***y" - McCain said, "It's not pleasant for me to renounce the nominee of our party". John McCain in a statement on Monday after responding only with silence to questions about the Vietnam War veteran. I feel compassion for him and his family as they go through this.

"I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. I like people that weren't captured", Trump said at a campaign event in Iowa in 2015.

John McCain wrote a parting statement before he died, addressed to his fellow Americans, and sent out by his office on Monday. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. White House chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton would represent the administration at the funeral, Trump said in his statement.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump went against the advice of senior aides to issue an official White House statement praising McCain for his heroism and decades of service, telling aides he instead wanted to post a brief tweet.

McCain denounced him for using language that "fired up the crazies", while Trump said McCain was a "dummy" who had barely managed to graduate from the US Naval Academy.

Trump and McCain clashed often.


Tributes to McCain continued to pour in from former U.S. presidents, members of Congress and foreign leaders while Trump golfed on Sunday. For the flags to stay at half staff through the day of interment would have required the president to issue a proclamation to do so.

"I've ordered the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth in respect and memory of Senator John McCain until sunset, September 2", Northam tweeted Monday.

That's standard procedure when a member of the Senate passes away. "But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed".

"It was he who took the lead in significantly healing the wounds of war, and normalising and promoting the comprehensive Vietnam-US partnership".

President Donald Trump was not expected to attend any of the services. This is about the President of the United States, a man who once said "I like people that weren't captured" in regard to McCain's past experience as a prisoner of war, having an ego so enormous he can't perform simple professionalism.

All five living former US presidents issued statements praising McCain.

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