‘Why won’t you say anything about John McCain?’: Trump ignores reporter 10 times when asked about the late senator he feuded with

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President Donald Trump on Monday repeatedly ignored questions about the death of Sen. John McCain.Evan Vucci/AP
  • President Donald Trump on Monday ignored a reporter’s questions on the late Sen. John McCain at least 10 times.
  • ABC News reporter John Karl repeatedly asked Trump for his thoughts on McCain’s passing, but the president never answered.
  • This comes as Trump faces criticism over returning the White House flag to full-mast just two days after the Republican senator’s death. 
  • Veterans groups are calling on Trump to return the flag to half-mast. 

President Donald Trump on Monday ignored a reporter’s questions on the late Sen. John McCain at least 10 times as he faces criticism over returning the White House flag to full-mast just two days after the Republican senator’s death.

ABC News reporter John Karl repeatedly asked Trump for his thoughts on McCain’s passing, but the president never answered.

Karl asked Trump questions such as whether he believed McCain was a hero and whether he would react to calls from veteran’s groups to lower the flag to half-mast to honor the Arizona senator, who was a decorated Vietnam War veteran. At times Karl was standing just a few feet away from the president, but Trump still did not react.

These questions were caught on video, in which Trump can be seen staring straight forward with almost no visible reaction.

ABC News

@ABC

“Why won’t you say anything about John McCain?”@jonkarl asked Pres. Trump ten times today to comment on Senator John McCain, who passed away this weekend at age 81. The president did not respond. https://abcn.ws/2PIqp4l 

Trump, who had a contentious relationship with McCain, is being criticized for not issuing a proclamation to keep the flag at half-mast at government and military buildings until the late senator’s interment at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday.

US flag code calls for the flag to be flown at half-mast “on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress,” and the White House honored this over the weekend. But presidents traditionally sign proclamations for the flags to remain at half-mast until the day of interment when prominent public officials die, and Trump so far has not done so.

The American Legion on Monday addressed this in a letter to the president, stating, “I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his interment.”

McCain died of brain cancer in his home state of Arizona on Saturday. He was 81 years old.

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Crimson Tazvinzwa

GRADUATE STUDENT: MASTERS OF LAWS, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, http://dmu.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAWS, LEICESTER.

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