President Donald Trump did not mention the late Senator John McCain when he lit up crowds at a rally in Indiana on Thursday night, hours after defending his handling of the politician's death.
In a wide-ranging speech at the Ford Center in Evansville, during which he criticized Jeff Sessions and attacked the media and Hillary Clinton, the president did not talk about McCain, whose coffin arrived on Thursday night in Washington D.C.
It comes after the president told Bloomberg on Thursday that he duly honored McCain after his death.
Many became angry when Trump ordered the White House flag to be raised to all staff the day after the death of the late Senator. The flag on the roof of the White House was lowered again at 3.30 pm Monday.
President Trump did not mention the late Sen. John McCain when he lit crowds at a rally in Indiana on Thursday night
President Donald Trump salutes as he leaves Marine One in the south garden of the White House after returning from Evansville, Indiana
The coffin draped with Senator John McCain's flags is carried by a team of Armed Forces corpsmen to a hearse at Andrews AFB.
On Monday, Trump said in a statement: "Despite our differences in politics and politics, I respect the service of Senator John McCain to our country and, in his honor, I have signed a proclamation to fly the United States flag to the United States. half the staff until the day of his burial & # 39;
When Bloomberg asked him if he had missed the opportunity to unite the Americans and made a mistake, he replied: "No, I do not think I did it at all, I have done everything they asked and no, I do not think I did it at all.
It comes after the South Carolina senator, Lindsey Graham, said he told Trump that the president's handling of his friend's death "takes away."
Graham revealed that he shared his anger with the president in an interview the day the first of three memorial services for the American hero took place.
He did not say when he warned the president, but revealed that he pressured his aides to return the US White House flag to half the staff on Monday.
Graham revealed that he called Trump's aides to complain that the White House flag was no longer half staffed.
"It leaves me senseless, and I let the president know," Graham told CBS in an interview.
Graham said he found Trump's answer. McCain, who spent decades in public service, captured the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2008 and spent five years as a North Korean prisoner of war, "disturbing."
He said he did not call Trump to lower the White House flag to half the staff, but acknowledged that he pressured Trump's aides.
"No, but I called some people around," he said.
"I'm going to do everything I can to help President Trump, and when I'm wrong, I'll say it," Graham said. "It bothers me a lot when the president says things about John McCain."
Cindy McCain, Meghan McCain and Bridget McCain are seen alongside the Secretary of Defense of the United States, James Mattis, as they watch the coffin arriving in a military plane at the Andrews Joint Base.
Members of the armed forces carry the coffin covered with flags at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland
John Sidney McCain III died on Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81, after a long battle against brain cancer.
Graham became entangled with Trump during the presidential campaign. The president launched the senator's famous cell phone during a campaign rally, and became Trump's confidant and golf partner.
"The way he handled John's death is just, it was unsettling, we finally did it right … I'm not going to give up the idea of working with this president, the best way to honor John McCain is to help my country." .
Graham was on the runway at Andrews Joint Base in Maryland when McCain's coffin arrived Thursday night after ceremonies in his home state of Arizona.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Senate staff were also at the base to greet McCain's widow, Cindy, and their children.
McCain's body arrived at a funeral home in Washington D.C. Thursday afternoon, where he will spend the night.
On Friday, a ceremony will be held in the United States Capitol building, where he will remain in state. On Saturday, his funeral will take place at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.
He will be buried on Sunday at Hospital Hill at Naval Academy Cemetery.
US Senator Lindsay Graham (left) awaits the arrival of the flag-draped coffin of the late US Senator John McCain at Joint Base Andrews
His arrival in Maryland came after a funeral on Thursday, which was filled with laughter and tears as his old friends, led by former Vice President Joe Biden, recalled the stories that made McCain who he was.
& # 39; My name is Joe Biden. I'm a Democrat And I love John McCain, "Biden said during the nearly two-hour memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church.
She wiped her tears as she remembered the time they spent together in the Senate. "This is difficult," he said of his praise.
Biden's tribute was full of tributes to McCain's place in the world, his "ageless" value system and his love for the United States.
"John's story is the history of the United States," Biden said.
His speech was peppered with his folk talk that is a trademark of Biden. And the former vice president was encouraged when he spoke of the current political climate, his voice growing louder and his hands waving as he defended McCain's values and denounced the lack of respect seen in Washington.
His words seemed to be an opportunity for President Donald Trump, whom McCain forbade attending his funeral.
"It was not about politics with John," Biden practically shouted from the pulpit of the church. "I could disagree about the substance, but it was the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything that was."
"Where he would be separated from you if he did not have the basic values of decency and respect, knowing that this project is bigger than you," Biden added aloud.
"He could not stand the abuse of power, wherever he saw it," McCain said, "in any form, in any country."
The family of the late Senator John McCain appears in the photo at the joint Andrews base
Cindy McCain, wife of John McCain, Republican of Arizona, walks with Secretary of Defense of the United States, James Mattis, after arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland
Cindy McCain walks with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, followed by children Jack, Bridget, Jimmy and Andrew at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday
He said that his friendship with McCain was like a family.
"I always thought of John as a brother, we had a lot of family fights," he noted.
"Whenever I was in trouble, John was the first to get there." I hope I was there for him, "he added.
Biden recalled how his son Beau died three years ago from the same brain cancer that cost McCain his life, the same cancer that also took the life of Senator Ted Kennedy, another close friend of McCain.
"There are times when life can be so cruel, such blinding pain, it's hard to see anything else," Biden said. "To survive, we must remember how they lived, not how they died."
Cindy McCain and former Vice President Joe Biden embrace after John McCain's funeral in Phoenix on Thursday
Biden, in his eulogy for McCain, said the late senator hated those who "lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing that this project is bigger than oneself."
Jimmy McCain, Meghan McCain, Jack McCain, Cindy McCain, Bridget McCain and Sidney McCain look before a memorial service for Senator John McCain at North Phoenix Baptist Church
He also paid tribute to McCain's mother, Roberta, 106, who was not present.
"We know how hard it is to bury a child, Ms. McCain, my heart is with you.
It reminded Cindy McCain how much her husband loved her.
Cindy, John owes a lot of what he was to you. You were his burden. Every time I was with you two, I saw how he looked at you, "Biden said.
And he had warm words for the children of the couple.
"You may not have had your father all the time you wanted, but you got everything you need to complete your dreams," Biden said.
He also said that it was McCain's faith in the United States, his love for the country, that inspired so much love for the late senator. "It made average Americans take pride in their country."
He added: "His belief and it was profound that Americans can do anything, resist anything, achieve something was both indefatigable and ultimately reassuring."
"He understood what I hope we all remember, the heroes did not build this country, ordinary people who have half the possibilities are capable of doing extraordinary things, extraordinary things," Biden said.
"I think John believed in us," he added. "I believed in the American people: the 325 million of us."
"The impact of John McCain in the United States is not over," he said. "Not even close. & # 39;
He concluded with: "To paraphrase Shakespeare: we will not see his style again."
The adopted daughter of the McCains, Bridget, read in Ecclesiastes, her voice broke when she did it: "For everything there is a time, a time for every purpose under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die, a time for planting and a time to start what is planted. "
More than 1,000 mourners, including members of the general public, were present to remember McCain.
An honor guard made up of representatives of the various service branches (marines, army, navy, air force) escorted McCain's coffin all day to the church.
McCain's remains were taken to the Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for their final trip to Washington D.C.
Cindy McCain, her children and buses full of friends joined the procession of caravans to accompany the body of the late senator.
The day had begun in the Arizona State Capitol building, where McCain's remains were removed from where they lay in the state at the roundabout.
The remains of McCain arrived at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, which would have been his 82nd birthday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden pause with their hands as they watch a military honor guard place Senator John McCain's coffin in a hearse after the memorial service Thursday at North Phoenix Baptist Church
Cindy McCain boards a plane at the Goldwater Air National Guard base to accompany her husband's remains to Washington D.C.
McCain will remain in the state Friday at the United States Capitol building, a place that spent more than 30 years as a lawmaker and naval assistant, where lawmakers will hold a ceremony in his honor.
His coffin covered by the flag will be placed over the Lincoln Catafalque, a coffin built for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln.
Vice President Mike Pence will be the administration's representative at that event and will place a wreath.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will place a wreath in the House of Representatives and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will lay a wreath in the Senate.
Pence, Ryan and McConnell will comment on McCain and his service.
On Saturday, the McCain family will meet at the Capitol and accompany McCain's remains to the Vietnam War Memorial.
There, Cindy and her family would have a wreath in honor of McCain's service in the Vietnam War, where he was held prisoner for five years.
McCain's funeral will take place at the National Cathedral with a parade of brave names giving tribute and carrying his coffin.
Bridget McCain is escorted to her brother Jimmy during the memorial service of her father
Grant Woods, former chief of McCain's cabinet, gave a moving tribute where he called McCain the hero of the United States.
Senator John McCain's coffin leaves the Arizona State Capitol
Your daughter Meghan will give the first tribute. Jimmy McCain will read David Novak's poem, "The Requiem," which the senator read at his father's funeral.
Former Senator Joe Lieberman, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama were chosen by McCain to pay tribute to him.
The readings will be made by two of McCain's closest friends in the Senate: Senator Graham and former Senator Kelly Ayotte.
In addition, Sidney McCain, the senator's daughter from her first marriage, will read a piece from the Second Corinthians.
The coffin bearers will include actor Warren Beatty, Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former Senator Russ Feingold, former Senator Phil Gramm, former Senator Gary Hart, Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza, former Governor Tom Ridge, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, FedEx Chairman Fred Smith, and McCain co-author Mark Salter.
Musical selections will include The Navy Hymn, The Battle Hymn of the Republic and American the Beautiful sung by the Cathedral Choir and the Navy Choir.
In addition, as specifically requested by McCain, who had worked on his funeral arrangements the year before his death, the opera star Renee Fleming will sing "Danny Boy."
He will be buried on Sunday at a private ceremony at Hospital Hill at the US Naval Academy. UU Surrounded by his family, friends and classmates from the Naval Academy of the Class of 58.
General David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Jack McCain will give tributes.
The Marine Coro will sing & # 39; Amazing Grace & # 39;
Cindy McCain leans her cheek on the coffin of her husband John McCain in Wednesday's service in the Arizona state capital
Meghan McCain says goodbye to her father at the state Capitol on Wednesday
After the ceremony, McCain's remains will be carried by US Navy Carriers. UU And placed in the drawer. Then a procession will be formed and you will head to the final resting place in the cemetery of the US Naval Academy. UU
John Sidney McCain III died on Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81, after a long battle against brain cancer.
He was born on August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was assigned.
He was the son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals and followed his flag-bearers to the Naval Academy.
He became a Navy pilot, was shot down during the Vietnam War, where he spent five years being tortured by North Vietnamese.
He moved to Arizona at the age of 45 and served two terms on behalf of the state in the US House of Representatives. UU He was elected to the Senate in 1987 and easily won re-election five times.
He ran for president twice but never reached the highest office on earth. He lost the Republican nomination to George W. Bush in 2000 and the general election to Barack Obama in 2008. Both men will speak at his funeral.