Dem lawmaker urges Cabinet members to lower flags to honor McCain

Dem lawmaker urges Cabinet members to lower flags to honor McCain

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Monday asked members of President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's Cabinet to lower the flags outside their respective department buildings to half staff to honor the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' MORE (R-Ariz.) after White House flags returned to full staff.

Lieu tweeted the same message at three Cabinet officials who served in the military: Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisFed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Why US democracy support matters Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts four Chinese military officers over Equifax hack | Amazon seeks Trump deposition in 'war cloud' lawsuit | Inside Trump's budget | Republican proposes FTC overhaul MORE, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday Pompeo expects US-Taliban agreement to be signed on Feb. 29 The Hill's Morning Report — Sanders, Dems zero in on Super Tuesday MORE and Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInternational hunting council disbands amid litigation Europe deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks MORE.

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"You served on active duty. As a nation mourns McCain, it would be appropriate to lower the flag to half staff at all @StateDept buildings. I respectfully request you give that order, regardless of the views of @realDonaldTrump. It is the honorable thing to do," Lieu tweeted, sending a separate message to each Cabinet official.

Flags at the White House returned to full staff early Monday, less than 48 hours after McCain died.

Several reporters and commentators quickly noted that flags in the past have remained lowered to honor lawmakers and major public figures until their funerals.

Joe Heim, a Washington Post reporter, posted a photo on Twitter showing that the flag outside the Department of Energy remained at half staff on Monday morning, while the flag just down the road at the Department of Agriculture was back at full staff.

McCain died Saturday at age 81 a little more than a year after being diagnosed 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. In recent months, Trump has regularly chided McCain over his decision to vote against a GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, effectively killing the measure.

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 Pompeo, Vice President Pence, White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states MORE and Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

McCain, a former naval aviator, 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.