White House flags return to full staff less than 48 hours after McCain's death

Flags at the White House returned to full staff on Monday after they were lowered following the death of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMellman: Where are good faith and integrity? GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech MORE (R-Ariz.) late Saturday.

Several reporters arriving at the White House early Monday noted that the flags were at half staff for less than 48 hours following the Senate giant's death. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE ordered the flags lowered on Saturday evening.

A number of reporters and commentators noted that in the past flags remained lowered to honor lawmakers and major public figures until their funerals.

The flags were returned to half staff shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, and Trump issued a proclamation noting McCain's death a short time later.

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McCain died Saturday at age 81 following a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Even after his diagnosis, he remained one of Trump's most outspoken Republican critics.

McCain reportedly did not want Trump to attend his funeral, instead requesting that former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump ridiculed McCain's status as a war hero. He continued to chide the senator after his cancer diagnosis, frequently noting at rallies and speaking engagements that McCain voted "no" to kill a GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Trump reportedly nixed a draft statement from the White House calling McCain a "hero" after the senator's death. Trump instead issued a tweet offering his sympathies to McCain's family.

A number of other administration officials issued their own statements via Twitter, including Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall Dems demand briefing, intel on North Korea nuclear talks Pompeo: US will not share information with countries using Huawei systems MORE, White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House interns forced to sign non-disclosure agreements: report George Conway tweets poll asking if Trump or NYT is more credible Sean Spicer joins 'Extra' as 'special DC correspondent' MORE and Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani.

McCain is scheduled to lie in the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday and then the U.S. Capitol on Friday. He will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday.

--Updated at 4:13 p.m.