Rick Davis, a McCain family spokesman who was also the Arizona Republican's campaign manager and longtime adviser, read the letter in full at an emotional news conference Monday at which he also outlined plans for funeral and memorial services in honor of McCain, who died at age 81 on Saturday.
The president tweeted about Mr McCain after his death but has passed up several chances to comment publicly on the senator and has faced criticism, including from veterans groups, about his response. In that missive, he was brief - and his words focused on the McCain family and didn't offer praise for the senator's legacy.
In his proclamation, Trump said that the US flag will be flown "at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds" as well as at all military posts and naval stations across the United States and around the world, including "all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions".
The statement was prepared and given to Mr Trump for his approval, but according to the paper, he told aides he preferred to tweet instead, and it was ultimately not released. The days after someone's passing are not the right time to vent or settle scores.
Trump and McCain have feuded for years. I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it's time to pause and say this was a great man. "When you go throughout the world people remember his concession speech as much as anything else".
People close to the McCain family and President Donald Trump said the family had asked the president to stay away. Burial will be Sunday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The White House issued no formal statement over the weekend about McCain's death, though one was drafted, according to U.S. media.
McCain's partying ways and rebellious streak almost ended his Naval career early, as he barely scraped by and graduated almost at the bottom of his class. Larson, however, was a top performing student, who went on to become presidential aide and served two tours of duty as superintendent of the Naval Academy. Jeff Flake, the junior Republican senator who served alongside McCain, Schumer said. "I don't know what's going to be done", Isakson said. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. "We have lost two pole stars, two guide stars in that generation that felt strongly that they lived their lives as Americans, precisely as the Founding Fathers wanted American citizens to serve".