Trump caved to the nearly universal outrage over his behavior and finally released a statement about the death of Sen. John McCain.
Here is the text of the proclamation lowering the flag from the White House as it was sent to PoliticusUSA:
As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on the day of interment. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
Someone finally convinced the pouty president that he was not helping himself by giving John McCain’s passing the cold shoulder treatment. Trump is making it sound like he is undertaking a series of grand gestures for McCain when the truth is that he is caving to public outrage and a mountain of bad publicity that he caused.
The pouty president has finally done the bare minimum. For this, he deserves no credit, as Trump has only reinforced the negative perception that the majority of the country holds of him.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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