The president of United States Donald Trump appeared in the Oval Office morning ignoring questions related about the late Arizona Senator John McCain, as if that wasn’t enough, the White House unexpectedly returned its flag to half-staff Monday afternoon in honor of the late Senator John McCain.

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PHOTO: The White House flag is seen after being returned to half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain at the White House, Aug. 26, 2018.   credit:Leah Millis/Reuters

After facing loads of criticism for not keeping the flag at half-staff, the president issued a statement in the afternoon explaining why the flag was again lowered, but throughout much of the day, the president had ignored a lot of questions from reporters.

The president Trump showed respect to McCain’s service to the country in his statement and in his honor the flag of the United States was up at half-staff until the day of his interment.

The McCain family requested the military transportation of the Senator remains from Arizona to Washington D.C., military pallbearers, band support, a horse and caisson transport during the service at the United States Naval Academy, which was authorized by Trump to respect his service for the country.

In dissimilatary, Ivanka Trump had praised the late Senator McCain at a women’s empowerment event in Washington D.C. as a ‘‘Hero’’.

The U.S. flag returned officially to full-staff around midnight while the banners surronding the Washington Monument were at half-staff.

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Camera shot facing south over the White House – you can see the flag at the WH at full staff while the flags surrounding the Washington Monument are lowered as of 5:13 am on Aug, 27, 2018. Credit: karentravers/Twitter

The Federal code states that the flag shall be lowered on the day of the death and the following day for a sitting member of Congress. Flying it at half-staff for an extended period of time is at the discretion of the president. The initial White House flag-lowering that lasted less than 48 hours broke with precedent that it remain lowered until burial.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump initially rejected his aides’ recommendation to issue a statement praising the late Arizona Senator.

But Trump did release a tweet of condolences.

The two former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver tribute Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence has also been invited to the funeral.

But The McCain family had reportedly asked the president of United States Donald Trump not to attend the late Senator John McCain’s funeral even before he died this weekend at age 81.