The White House found itself under pressure for raising its U.S. flag on America's mansion to full staff prematurely. This was interpreted by many as a sign of blatant disrespect for Senator John McCain, his service and sacrifice to his country and his recent death. But American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan stepped up and reminded Mr. Trump in a letter that he issued presidential proclamations this year calling for flags to fly at half-staff for extended periods to mark the deaths of former first lady Barbara Bush and the Rev. Billy Graham. “Sen. John McCain was an American hero and cherished member of the American Legion,” Ms. Rohan wrote. “As I’m certain you are aware, he served five and a half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of captain. He then served in the U.S. Congress for more than three decades."
“On the behalf of the American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Sen. McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed through his interment,” she wrote.
Mr.Trump seemed willing, if grudgingly, to forego showing his famous and long-running feud with Mr. McCain. He publicly acknowledged his respect for the late Sen. John McCain’s service to our nation and signed a proclamation that all U.S flags be flown at half-staff until the day of his interment.
We congratulate our National Commander for making the president aware of his actions. As the leader of the world's most powerful nation, Mr. Trump needs to understand that his job is not to insult those who unselfishly give so much of themselves through their dedicated service to our nation. His job is to run the country in the best interest of the American people. It's people like John McCain who made this country. People like that deserve respect.
We thank you Denise Rohan for encouraging the president to do the right thing.