Sen. John McCain to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Friday

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"I admired him, that he understood what was right and what was wrong, to be alongside Vietnamese people to overcome the past and build a better future for the two countries", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump rejected the issuance of an official White House statement, which was praising McCain along with condolences, The Washington Post said citing anonymous officials.

The American flag that flies above the White House was at full staff on Monday-shortly after it was lowered in honor of Sen.

Others also had no luck getting the president to reply.

Senator John McCain will be laid to rest in a private burial service next Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, reports the Associated Press.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. During his battle with brain cancer over the previous year, McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81, spent a considerable amount of time planning his own funeral-a luxury few are awarded-and as part of his arrangements, the Arizona Republican requested former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama speak at his ceremony. For the flags to stay at half staff through the day of interment would have required the president to issue a proclamation to do so.

President Donald Trump has long feuded with McCain, and is reportedly not invited to his funeral.

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Trump noted the senator's death in a tweet Saturday: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain".

President Trump decided against releasing an official White House statement on Sen.

The White House has not issued a more robust statement since Trump's tweet.

The U.S. Flag Code states the flag should be lowered "on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress". The death of a vice president, chief justice, former chief justice or House speaker merits 10 days, and for a president or former president, the flag flies at half-staff for 30 days.

On Saturday, the nation learned about the passing of an American hero, Senator John McCain.

Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to give eulogies at a funeral at Washington National Cathedral. While on the campaign trail in 2015, then-candidate Trump suggested McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured in Vietnam.

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