Marc Short, Trump's former legislative director, said the president faced "a little bit of a situation of a Catch 22" when deciding how to respond to McCain's death.
Trump has repeatedly said that McCain, who spent more than five years as a POW in Vietnam, was "not a war hero", and continued to snub the longtime senator throughout his battle with brain cancer. He was widely respected across the country, and across party lines.
Following the senator's death, Trump posted a tweet that offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to McCain's family but made no mention of McCain's storied service in the military and in the Senate.
Schumer, who worked closely with McCain on immigration and other issues, said that "as you go through life, you meet few truly great people" and that McCain was one of them. Trump rejected a more laudatory White House statement that praised McCain's war record and decades of public service, and he did not answered any shouted questions from reporters about McCain during multiple press availabilities on Monday, the Washington Post reported.
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.
Fitzgerald has spent his entire 13-year National Football League career with the Cardinals, and in that time became an admirer and friend of McCain; last Christmas, he penned a piece for Sports Illustrated explaining why he so greatly admires the statesman. He said McCain was considered a war hero "because he was captured" and said he liked "people that weren't captured".
Schumer also called on Republicans to join him in his efforts to rename a Senate office building, now named for the controversial former Sen.
While the president's statement sought to defuse the controversy, the upcoming weeklong celebration of McCain's life is likely to bring new awkwardness. More recently, he had termed Trump's performance at a news conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin as "disgraceful".
McCain Requested Obama And George W. Bush Deliver Eulogies At Funeral
The party of Donald Trump began nearly 10 years ago to the day, when John McCain tapped Sarah Palin to join his ticket. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. "I want, when I leave, that the ceremony is at the Naval Academy".
On Thursday a memorial service will be held at 10 am at the North Phoenix Baptist church where, among others, former Vice President Joe Biden will pay tribute to McCain.
The US flag above the White House was flown at half mast in commemoration.
Mr McCain will be laid to rest on Sunday, following a funeral ceremony at the National Cathedral on Saturday.
"There really is no room in the McCain family today to focus on anything but him". "We very much appreciate everything that Sen". Graham said at the outset of the interview.
Part of this outlook was manifested by his backing of a strong US-Israel relationship.
"Do not despair of our present difficulties". "But believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here".
Trump also said that Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Adviser John Bolton will represent the White House at McCain's services.