GOP Senator Says McCain 'Partially To Blame' For Trump's White House Flag Debacle

A Republican senator has suggested deceased Senator John McCain is "partially to blame" for the debacle over President Donald Trump's decision to raise the flag less than two days after his death.

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe , a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the controversy over the flag was in some part McCain's fault, commenting that both the senator and the president were strong willed people.

"Well, you know, frankly, I think that John McCain is partially to blame for that because he is very outspoken. He disagreed with the President in certain areas and wasn't too courteous about it, " Inhofe told CNN.

However, he also personally praised the late senator in a speech he made on the floor on Monday.

"We are dealing with a hero when we deal with Senator McCain," Inhofe said, according to The Hill.

"He wasn't always the most lovable person to be around, but he was a fighter and never shied away from a good fight," he added.

McCain, 81, died on Saturday following a battle with aggressive brain cancer, his family having announced just one day earlier that the senator would be stopping the medical treatment he had been undergoing following his diagnosis in 2017.

And President Trump confirmed following McCain's death that he would not be attending the senator's funeral, reportedly in accordance with the wishes of McCain—who instead asked former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush to deliver eulogies at the service.

The relationship between Trump and McCain was fractious at best, with the pair having made no secret of their disagreements.

Indeed, while Trump did not appear to be keen to keep the flag lowered for his colleague, McCain himself seemed to take a parting shot at the president in a letter he wrote to the nation prior to his death.

"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment, and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down; when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been," McCain said, in what many viewed as the senator having the last word in his ongoing feud with Trump.