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Diner Politics: White House Response to John McCain’s Death

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Diner Politics: It’s where we bring a topic of national conversation into a local diner or restaurant near you. This week, we talked about the importance of honoring a life. 

Former Senator John McCain passed away from brain cancer this past Saturday, and flags across the capitol and the nation were lowered to half-staff to honor his life – a traditional custom for public figures of significant import. However, the flags at the White House were raised back up on Monday, triggering a wave of criticism against the President. 

McCain and Trump’s mutual dislike of one another was well-known.

After intense public pressure, the President ordered the flags to be re-lowered to half-staff until the day of McCain’s internment. He also recognized his “service to our country,” the first formal public statement made about the senator’s death after remaining largely silent for the past two days.

We headed to Bell’s Country Coffee in Elmira Heights, to see what your neighbors have to say about this issue. Take a look. 

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