American Legion Calls On Trump To Issue Proclamation And Lower Flags For McCain

on October 13, 2014 in Covington, Louisiana.
COVINGTON, LA - OCTOBER 13: U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (L) greets supporters during a Veterans rally for U.S. Sen candidate and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at the American Legion Post on October 13, 2014 in C... COVINGTON, LA - OCTOBER 13: U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (L) greets supporters during a Veterans rally for U.S. Sen candidate and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at the American Legion Post on October 13, 2014 in Covington, Louisiana. Cassidy is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 27, 2018 2:23 p.m.

The national commander of the American Legion, one of the largest and most prominent veterans’ organizations in the U.S., issued a statement Monday calling on President Donald Trump to adhere to “long-established protocol” and issue a proclamation praising the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and bringing the flags to half staff until his burial.

 Trump adhered to the U.S. flag code but broke with recent precedent when he lowered flags for McCain only on Saturday and Sunday and declined to sign a proclamation honoring the late senator’s life.

President Barack Obama, by comparison, sent out proclamations and lowered flags for Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI) for days until their burials.

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