Kasich slams White House for returning flags to full staff after McCain's death

Kasich slams White House for returning flags to full staff after McCain's death
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) slammed the White House on Monday for flying flags at full-staff less than 48 hours after Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Lindsey Graham: 'Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism' Meghan McCain knocks Lindsey Graham for defending Trump's tweets: 'This is not the person I used to know' MORE’s (R-Ariz.) death.

"Shameful," Kasich said on Twitter.

McCain died on Saturday afternoon of brain cancer at the age of 81.


President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE ordered the flags lowered to half-staff later that evening. The flags, however, returned to full-staff on Monday — far sooner than typically done to honor lawmakers after their deaths.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request from The Hill for comment.

Kasich praised McCain shortly after his death, calling him “an iconic American hero, patriot and statesmen without compare.”

He also ordered all public flags in Ohio to be lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain. 

McCain died Saturday after being diagnosed with brain cancer a year earlier. Even after his diagnosis, he remained one of Trump's most outspoken Republican critics.

Trump reportedly rejected a White House statement prepared by his aides that praised McCain as a “hero” after his death, instead preferring to tweet his condolence.

A spokesperson for McCain confirmed on Monday that Trump will not attend the funeral.

It was reported earlier this year that McCain did not want Trump in attendance, instead asking former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush to deliver eulogies.

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.