McCain had long feuded with President Donald Trump, and two White House officials said McCain's family had asked, before the senator's death, that Trump not attend the funeral services. Following the morning ceremony, the public will be allowed to pay their respects for the remainder of the day.
Flake told CBS' "Face the Nation" that McCain "was quick to forgive - certainly put the good of the country above himself, and the fact that his former opponents will be there speaking says all we need to know". On Saturday, a procession will pass the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and arrive for a funeral at Washington National Cathedral.
McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, tweeted, "Today we lost an American original. Sen". Following the service, McCain will be laid to rest in a private burial ceremony at the Naval Academy's Cemetery grounds. As he wished, McCain will be buried next to a Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Chuck Larson.
Trump tweeted that his "deepest sympathies and respect" went out to McCain's family.
The sight of the flag being at full staff above the White House did not sit well with many people on Twitter, who made their thoughts known loud and clear.
Ireland seeks Church reparations for mass baby burials
Farrell, head of the Vatican office for laity and family and former auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., and Cardinal Sean P. Cupich, who said he heard about the letter Sunday morning after returning from Ireland , said he fully supports the pope.
The marks of respect for McCain came not just from USA presidents and senators, who saw McCain's desk in the Chamber draped in black fabric with a vase of white roses on Monday. "Some voices are so vibrant, it's hard to think of them stilled".
Tributes have poured in from every living former president honoring the former Navy aviator for his courage, integrity and decency.
In more than three decades in Congress, McCain became known as a political maverick willing to stick to his convictions rather than go along with party leaders - an independent streak that has drawn a mix of respect and ire.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had issued a government-wide notification after McCain's death to lower flags at U.S. facilities but rescinded it on Monday, leaving the decision to staff at individual sites, according to an official. "And we just have a couple of people that stand up and say, 'This guy, he served his country'". And Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, called McCain "a tireless fighter for a strong trans-Atlantic alliance".
French President Emmanuel Macron wrote that McCain was: "A true American hero". But his condition did not stop him from taking the political centre stage, especially by railing against what he saw as the excesses of President Donald Trump.