Lindsey Graham Delivers Tearful Tribute to John McCain on Senate Floor
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 29, 2018,
Aug 29, 2018, 15:30
The White House flag will fly at half-staff for the rest of the week in honor of Sen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hitting the brakes on a push to rename the Senate's oldest office building for the late Sen.
The Washington Post reported that White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, Chief of Staff Kelly and other senior staff had urged a statement be released referring to McCain as a "hero" - but Mr. Trump opted for a terse, impersonal tweet instead.
Back to work in full on Tuesday (Aug 28) following McCain's death, few senators displayed any appetite for taking on his role of the party's principled critic of the scandal-plagued president. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been marred by a fight over a sign of public respect, as President Trump initially avoided issuing a proclamation to lower flags to half-staff at all federal properties in McCain's honor. "He's crawling the damn walls because they're running story after story on John McCain and he hates it because he's not the center of attention".
He did not apologize for the remarks. John McCain's pal on Capitol Hill, said Tuesday that he believed the Arizona Republican's lasting legacy is that he "taught us how to lose".
The late USA senator John McCain has taken a parting shot at President Donald Trump in his farewell letter to the nation, denouncing "tribal rivalries" and imploring citizens to focus on what unites.
Each time Graham looked down he choked up again and fought back tears.
Twice Trump declined to answer reporters' questions on the late senator and, at one point, sat at his desk in the Oval Office, arms crossed and refusing to speak.
The Senate should spend time finding "the right way" to memorialize McCain's service, Perdue said.
At the request of the McCain family, I have also authorized military transportation of Senator McCain's remains from Arizona to Washington, D.C., military pallbearers and band support, and a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy.
Graham went on to say that McCain had wanted to and was prepared to become president in 2008, but that the Oval Office was not his to be had. A pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for more than five years.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had proposed renaming the Russell building in McCain's honor after the veteran Republican senator died Saturday from brain cancer.
He said his speech would resemble an "after action report" and be titled, "Operation Maverick, " for McCain's unconventional path and his rebellious streak.
Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said the Senate needs to "do this carefully" and to reach agreement on any tribute.
And so in that moment you could summarize his courage, his strength, his will to overcome - but here in the Senate we saw a leader who thought that public service was a noble calling, a leader who always tried to do the right thing, who always put the people of his country ahead of himself.