What is the proper flag protocol

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The White House lowered its flag to half-staff once again Monday after a facing growing backlash over the decision to raise it.

The flag had been flying at half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain but was raised earlier in the day.

President Trump later released a statement which said:

Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Senator John McCain's service to our country and, in his honor, have signed a proclamation to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until the day of his interment.

So what is the proper flag protocol?

According to the flag code, for congressional members, the flag is lowered on the day of death and the day after. However, the president has the authority to extend that time period through a proclamation.

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