Trump ignores questions on John McCain 3 times

Given several opportunities, President Donald Trump ignored questions about the passing of Sen. John McCain and the legacy he left behind.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 5:47 AM
Updated: Aug 29, 2018 6:16 AM

President Donald Trump offered brief plaudits for the recently passed Sen. John McCain in a statement on Monday after responding only with silence to questions about the Vietnam War veteran.

"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country," Trump wrote in the four-paragraph statement, which dealt mainly in the logistical details he'd approved for the week-long remembrance ceremonies.

After facing criticism for raising the flags at the White House to full-staff after lowering them on Saturday, Trump said he'd approved them lowered again.

He wrote he'd asked Vice President Mike Pence to deliver remarks at a ceremony celebrating McCain's life in the US Capitol on Friday.

And he listed the officials -- including chief of staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton -- he had tasked with representing the administration at funeral services.

It was a more robust effort at commemorating the late lawmaker than Trump offered on Sunday and for most of Monday. During a string of appearances before reporters, the President maintained his silence, choosing to ignore questions about the late Arizona Republican.

Questioned whether he believed McCain -- a former Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam -- was a hero, Trump remained stone-faced behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office after announcing a trade breakthrough with Mexico.

Later, walking along the Rose Garden toward the Oval Office with his Kenyan counterpart, he stared straight ahead when asked for any thoughts on the late lawmaker.

Once inside, he ignored questions again while White House press aides shouted over reporters who were inquiring about McCain.

Moments later in the Cabinet Room, a similar scene played out.

"Thank you very much," Trump said after the questions continued coming.

As he bid farewell to President Uhuru Kenyatta at the West Wing, the President again declined to answer when pitched a question on McCain.

It amounted to a deafening silence for a President who openly feuded with McCain, even as the senator was dying from brain cancer. Trump sent a cursory tweet on Saturday -- "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" -- but did not offer any words about the man himself.

A more fulsome statement had been prepared for Trump, but it was never released. And a presidential proclamation that would require flags on federal buildings lowered to half-staff was sent on Monday afternoon, almost two days after McCain's death.

That's left Trump the odd man out in a capital city overflowing with remembrances of the onetime Republican standard-bearer.

Even Trump's own daughter, now acting as his White House senior adviser, was more effusive in her description of McCain.

"The nation is united in its grief and the world mourns the loss of a true hero and a great statesman," she said during remarks in Washington.

Lafayette
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Kokomo
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 34°
Rensselaer
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 31°
Lafayette
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Danville
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 42°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 33°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 33°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 33°
Monticello
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 33°
Logansport
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 32°
Mild Conditions Continue Wednesday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

WLFI is promoting fire safety with FREE smoke detectors

 WLFI and several local fire departments are helping with your fire safety this winter. CLICK HERE. 

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 657037

Reported Deaths: 12450
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion901321624
Lake48105871
Allen35552632
Hamilton31839393
St. Joseph29538510
Elkhart25261412
Vanderburgh21115377
Tippecanoe19765197
Johnson16242352
Porter15838267
Hendricks15723296
Clark11843179
Madison11672314
Vigo11503228
Monroe10248158
Delaware9788178
LaPorte9720194
Howard9017194
Kosciusko8514107
Bartholomew7373147
Warrick7369146
Hancock7362128
Floyd7139164
Wayne6586188
Grant6395157
Morgan6040124
Boone603388
Dubois5868111
Dearborn540266
Henry539492
Marshall5390104
Cass537199
Noble506775
Jackson462063
Shelby458490
Lawrence4154111
Gibson399681
Harrison395160
Clinton392353
DeKalb382078
Montgomery381583
Knox354484
Miami354063
Whitley346235
Huntington338176
Steuben335955
Wabash328775
Putnam325959
Ripley325161
Adams320249
Jasper312943
White295351
Jefferson292770
Daviess284296
Fayette270255
Decatur269388
Greene259978
Posey259731
Wells255374
Scott248446
LaGrange240170
Clay238944
Randolph225076
Spencer215830
Jennings213544
Washington207727
Sullivan202038
Fountain200341
Starke185950
Owen181652
Jay177328
Fulton176437
Carroll175618
Perry172435
Orange170450
Rush163922
Franklin158335
Vermillion158040
Tipton145441
Parke137915
Pike127232
Blackford120027
Pulaski105643
Newton96431
Brown94639
Benton91113
Crawford90113
Martin80114
Switzerland7507
Warren74612
Union66810
Ohio52711
Unassigned0425

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events