Pro-Kremlin tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda accused him of adoring war and said it hoped he was now burning in hell.
Ted Kennedy, a Democrat known as the "Lion of the Senate", for his long tenure in the Senate chamber, died in 2009 from glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. The federal code states that the flag shall be lowered on the day of death and the following day for a sitting member of Congress.
Kasich is one of a growing group of governors who have ordered flags at half-staff until McCain's funeral, which is planned for this weekend.
McCain's death opens up a Senate seat that party leaders expect to remain in Republican hands for two more years because under state law, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey would appoint a successor who must be from the same party as the person vacating the seat.
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He will later lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with another service taking place in Washington on Saturday, where former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak. All three GOP candidates in the race to replace Arizona's other senator, Jeff Flake, have embraced Trump and distanced themselves from McCain. 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.
Further insult from the administration came early Monday morning as the White House flag was returned to full-staff after it had been at half-staff to honor Sen.
Say what you want about the First Lady, but she has shown her independence in the past. Not to mention, McCain wrote an August 2017 op-ed condemning the president for having "no experience of public office" and being "often poorly informed" and "impulsive in his speech and conduct".
"Melania arranged for some attractive white lilies and roses to be sent to Cindy McCain as soon as she learned the sad news of John's death, along with a card expressing her condolences". After that, he will be taken to Annapolis, Maryland, where he will be laid to rest.
A private funeral is planned for Sunday afternoon at the Naval Academy Chapel followed by a private burial at the academy cemetery.