Flags at White House back at full staff after McCain's death

John McCain's hearse enters ranch

Speaking to reporters after writing in a book of condolence, USA ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink said Mr McCain was "a great leader and real hero" who helped normalise relations between the former enemies.

While the president's statement sought to defuse the controversy, the upcoming weeklong celebration of McCain's life is likely to bring new awkwardness. He had criticized McCain's leadership on veterans issues. A private ceremony will also take place inside the rotunda of the state Capitol for state officials.

Memorial services for Sen.

In December of 1972, McCain and his fellow prisoners cheered as American bombs fell around the prison complex where he was held - the "Hanoi Hilton" - during the Christmas bombing that marked an escalation of the US offensive. In the history of the US this honor was awarded to only 30 people, including 11 presidents, says the "Voice of America".

Gibb was one of several US citizens living in the Vietnamese capital to visit the monument with tributes.

Ducey did not plan to announce his selection of a Senate successor to McCain until after McCain's burial.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will pay tribute at a Thursday service at North Phoenix Baptist Church. Former presidents will speak at McCain's funeral Saturday, but the senator's family made clear they did not want Trump to attend.

Public viewings will be held at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday and the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Residents and U.S. officials laid flowers near a concrete sculpture of McCain by the capital's Truc Bach lake, commemorating the site where the former Navy pilot - who died Saturday aged 81 - was shot down and detained during the Vietnam War. McCain's 2011 prediction that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, whom Russian Federation backs militarily, would not survive long has proven untrue, Pushkov noted, adding that "Assad's overthrow and death did not wait for McCain".

He served in the Senate for more than three decades, most recently as chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Trump has also denied having sex with the second woman, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels , whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Trevor Potter is the president of the Campaign Legal Center and a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

To world leaders, the 81-year-old Arizona Republican who lost his year-long battle with brain cancer this weekend was a "hero", an "inspiration to millions", and a man "of great courage". When former first lady Barbara Bush died, Trump issued a proclamation in her honor - keeping the flags at half-staff until the day she was buried. He offered sympathy to the McCain family.

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here", McCain wrote. "We answer to the American people". We never hide from history. They might die in the attack, but the prisoners figured it was the best chance of subduing the Vietnamese and getting home. He voted for reducing greenhouse emissions and against President George W. Bush's tax cut (although he endorsed the most recent GOP tax bill). Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland, at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

President Trump, who had not publicly commented on McCain's declining health, broke his silence on Twitter Saturday night.

McCain was a noted critic of Trump, and Trump's response to McCain's death has been closely watched.

President Donald Trump refused to allow the release of a White House statement praising the heroism and life of Sen.

McCain was a mentor to Collins when she was a young senator, she said. The Arizona Republican's vocal criticism of the Trump administration's more isolationist foreign policy approach echoed numerous concerns raised in capitals around the world. He developed a code so he could communicate with the man in his neighboring cell, who broke down crying when he tapped out his name to McCain. After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for four years, McCain went on to become a U.S. Senator in 1986, replacing the distinguished Republican Senator Barry Goldwater, who was retiring.

On March 14, 1973, it was finally McCain's turn to be released.

Tributes poured in from around the globe. In another interview with Politico, Ward raised the possibility of McCain dying in office should Arizona voters trust him with a sixth, six-year Senate term.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered". "It was John McCain's firm conviction that all political activity must aim to uphold and promote freedom, democracy and the rule of law". German Chancellor Angela Merkel called him "one of the great political figures of our time".

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