Trump claims he approved McCain's funeral. He didn't. Someone else did.
President Donald Trump caused another media storm on Wednesday when he declared in front of a military tank plant in Lima, Ohio that he had to approve McCain's funeral and not only that, but he wasn't thanked for it.
“I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump told the crowd. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get ‘thank you,’ but that’s OK. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.”
We now know that's not true at all.
Instead, the Washington National Cathedral likely approved the senator's state funeral arrangements and not only that but Congress is the one responsible for permission for lying in state at the Capitol. The only time Trump would have been involved was if he talked to the military and whether they would be allowed to go or not.
The only thing Trump could have possibly done was command the military to not be in attendance, or transport his body. If he had done that, though, politics would have gone out the window and likely military resignations would have followed in suit. So, Trump wouldn't have been allowed to disgrace John McCain, a war hero and prisoner of war, like that.
We also know that Trump did everything in his power to attack McCain after his death, and we don't just mean by his ugly rhetoric, which he continues to display on the world stage. Trump tried to raise the flags at the White House from half-staff (a sign of respect for McCain) after only one day. When people protested, Trump had to return them back to half-staff again.