Tributes pour in after death of United States senator John McCain

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The flags at the U.S. Capitol, meanwhile, remained at half-staff on Monday to honour the Arizona Republican, who died Saturday of brain cancer.

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain said in a blistering statement.

McCain has had a reputation for speaking his mind, which led to a running feud with President Donald Trump.

Greenfield, an Emmy-winning reporter and analyst, was embarrassed by the White House reaction to McCain's death, and he said the president's actions and statements revealed a startling lack of courage.

But in the decades after the bloody conflict ended, the Republican presidential candidate was known in Vietnam for his transition from prisoner of war to peacemaker. Jeff Flake, who, like McCain, outraged the state's conservative base for bucking Trump on immigration and other issues.

The Arizona senator died at a time he saw as dark in the country's history, said John Weaver, a former aide and a longtime friend.

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"John McCain was a man of honor, a true patriot in the best sense of the word".

Ward replied: "I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that is negative to me".

McCain will have a national memorial service at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday, according to the family statement.

The former prisoner of war's death was confirmed by his office on Saturday night (US time) just hours after his family released a statement announcing he had made the decision to stop cancer treatment.

Truong Huy San, a prominent social critic, wrote on Facebook Sunday that McCain's personality helped Hanoi and Washington make amends, and said that the country could learn from him.

"He was a warrior, he was also a peacemaker and of course he fought and suffered during the Vietnam War, but then later as a senator, he was one of the leaders who helped bring our countries back together and helped the United States and Vietnam normalize our relationship and now become partners and friends", Kritenbrink said. "There's been few leaders that have ever sacrificed as much as John McCain".

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Sen. John McCain, a legend in the Senate, a hero for the country and a statesman who shaped the country on everything from USA foreign policy to immigration reform, has left a hole in the heart of Washington.

John McCain's death in office has handed Arizona's governor an empty Senate seat to give out - and a hard political puzzle to solve before he does.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Vietnam POW "showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or clichés, but the building blocks of an extraordinary life".

The maverick politician, who was a proponent of USA power, was taken prisoner of war in Vietnam but after his release helped secure the repatriation of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers.

"Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain".

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