Pettiness thy name is Trump.
Courtesy of WaPo:
President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The original statement was drafted before McCain died Saturday, and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said.
But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released.
“My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump posted Saturday evening shortly after McCain’s death was announced.
But oh, it gets even worse.
Flags at the White House were lowered to half staff this weekend for the passing of John McCain but this morning they are back to full staff.
There was no official proclamation from President Trump (as he has done in the past for other notable figures passing) pic.twitter.com/rmUO6xbtrp
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) August 27, 2018
Courtesy of The Hill:
Flags at the White House returned to full staff on Monday after they were lowered following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) late Saturday.
Several reporters arriving at the White House early Monday noted that the flags were at half-staff for less than 48 hours following the Senate giant’s death. President Trump ordered the flags lowered on Saturday evening.
A number of reporters and commentators noted that in the past flags remained lowered to honor lawmakers and major public figures until their funerals.
At the US Capitol and around Washington many flags remain at half-mast to honor the passing of Senator McCain.
Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death is perhaps one of the pettiest things I have ever seen.