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A private ceremony will be held on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland, and McCain will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery next to Naval Academy classmate and long-time friend, Admiral Chuck Larson.

It came after growing outcry over Mr Trump's lack of praise for the 81-year-old former Republican presidential candidate, with whom he frequently clashed ever since his 2016 presidential bid.

"The American Legion urges the White House to follow long-established protocol following the death of prominent government officials", Denise Rohan, national commander of the veterans group, said in a message to Trump on its Facebook page.

The president, who, in comparison to the outpouring of tributes for McCain, has sent only a relatively barren tweet and statement since McCain's passing, was invoked more candidly by Sen. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country, and offered words of wisdom to his fellow Americans. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" the president wrote late Saturday.

Early Monday morning, the flag atop the White House was raised after an unusually brief time at half-staff in McCain's honor.

The White House, according to a Washington Post report Monday, prepared a statement extolling McCain's life and calling him a hero, but Trump rejected issuing it.

Mr Davis also shared Mr McCain's farewell statement in which he described himself as "the luckiest person on earth".

Referring to his close relationship with both President Donald Trump and McCain, Graham told reporters: "John felt like his view of the world had to be reinforced and the conflict between him and the President has been hard".

However, after widespread criticism came over United States media, the flags were again lowered on Monday afternoon as Trump made his first reference to McCain: "Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country". I know how America feels about Senator McCain.

Trump and McCain had a tense relationship, and McCain was one of the administration's most outspoken Republican critics.

"I remember him embracing a war that nobody wanted to talk about because he understood what it would cost to lose it", Graham said.

"We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been", he added in an apparent reference to Mr Trump's plans for a border wall. Trump later acknowledged that McCain was a hero, but refused to apologize in subsequent interviews. Trump eventually spoke about the senator while meeting with evangelical leaders at the White House on Monday night.

Bush, Obama, McCain's family and others are slated to speak at a full-dress service on Saturday in the National Cathedral.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who began his career in Congress within two years of McCain, also took the floor to commemorate the late senator.

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