WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – Flags on Capitol Hill are flying at half-staff in honor of Arizona Senator John McCain.
McCain’s body will return to Washington later this week to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday.
Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt says McCain had a deep impact on his life.
“He truly became one of my heroes,” said Blunt, (R-Mo.).
McCain, a lifelong Republican, also had friendships across the aisle.
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson praised McCain as a senator who never lost sight of his values.
“Well, the warrior’s gone. And he’d stand up and he’d fight, if he believed it, he’d fight,” said Nelson (D-Fla.).
John McCain worked here in the Russell Senate Office Building, but soon this building may have a new name. There’s a bi-partisan push to rename the building in honor of McCain.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said he admired McCain’s military record. And he says he’ll consider supporting the effort to re-name the Senate office complex.
“I’ll say this for sure. There’s a lot of buildings in this country that need to be named after Senator McCain,” said Grassley, (R-Iowa).
The president’s troubled relationship in life with McCain continued after the senator’s death.
This weekend, the White House reacted to McCain’s death with only a short tweet.
But late Monday, the president released an official statement writing quote:
“Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain’s service to our country”
President Trump is not expected to attend a Saturday memorial service for Senator McCain at the National Cathedral, but the president has asked Vice President pence to speak at the Capitol on Friday