White House flag no longer at half-staff after McCain's death

White House flag no longer at half-staff after McCain's death

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The White House flag is no longer at half-staff in honor of Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday.

An ABC News camera captured the flag as officials returned it to full-staff around midnight, ABC News senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega told “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos Monday.

The flag-lowering that lasted less than 48 hours breaks from precedent that it is lowered until burial.

Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILESen.John McCain poses for a photograph at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2014.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump nixed his aides’ recommendation to issue a statement praising the late Arizona senator, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

But Trump has released a tweet of condolence.

My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Susan Walsh/AP, FILEPresident Donald Trump waits for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, July 30, 2018.

The McCain family had reportedly asked the president not to attend McCain’s funeral even before he died this weekend at age 81.

Two former presidents -- Barack Obama and George W. Bush -- will deliver eulogies Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence has also been invited to the funeral.

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