Flags at the White House returned to full-staff on Monday less than 48 hours after they were lowered to honor the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) late Saturday evening.
A number of reporters and commentators noted that past presidents have ordered the flags remain lowered to honor lawmakers and major public figures until their funerals.
NBC News White House Correspondent Geoff Bennett noted: “The flags at the White House are back at full staff this morning. Traditionally, sitting senators who die in office have flags lowered in their honor from date of death until burial. And we’ve received no presidential proclamation for McCain.”
The flags at the White House are back at full staff this morning. Traditionally, sitting senators who die in office have flags lowered in their honor from date of death until burial. And we've received no presidential proclamation for McCain.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) August 27, 2018
Flag back at full staff atop WH. Pres Trump did not issue proclamation on the death of @SenJohnMcCain, which usually calls for flags to remain at half-staff through the day of interment, which is Sunday at the @NavalAcademy. pic.twitter.com/NGasNPT0VB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 27, 2018
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) August 27, 2018
When @WhiteHouse staff (presumably long-time republicans) show up to work today, how do they feel about the flag flying at full staff?
Are they proud to stand with pettiness & envy over honor & protocol? https://t.co/lfCWR2AZeA
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) August 27, 2018
Fairly striking image — all of the flags surrounding the Washington Monument are at half-staff, though the flag atop the White House was raised to full staff just after midnight. pic.twitter.com/BwKRbqKk0G
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) August 27, 2018
Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning they are back to full staff.
There was no official proclamation from President Trump (as he has done in the past for other notable figures passing) pic.twitter.com/rmUO6xbtrp
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) August 27, 2018
McCain died Saturday at age 81 following a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
The senator reportedly did not want Trump to attend his funeral. He instead requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies.
Trump reportedly rejected a draft statement from the White House calling McCain a “hero” after the senator’s death. Trump instead issued a short tweet offering his sympathies to McCain’s family that did not directly praise the senator’s service to the county.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump trashed McCain’s status as a war hero, saying the senator was “not a war hero” because he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Trump recently avoided saying McCain’s name while signing a bill named after him earlier this month.