Trump orders flags flown at half-staff to honor Capital Gazette victims

Candles representing the slain journalists of Capital Gazette sit on display during a candlelight vigil held near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

Candles representing the slain journalists of Capital Gazette sit on display during a candlelight vigil held near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump directed the US flag to "be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions" until sunset. The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday that Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

Buckley said he ordered the city's American flags lowered immediately.

"Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland", Trump said in the proclamation.

"It's a awful situation, but I think it's the least respect we could give the journalists", Buckley said.

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"Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know?". Buckley told the paper. "This was an attack on the press". It was an attack on freedom of speech. "As soon as the president directly heard about the request made by the mayor, he asked that we reach out and verify that their mayor had made the request", Sanders told reporters Tuesday. The mayor said he hoped having the American flags lowered would help keep national attention on the attack. "But there's certain protocol that is followed".

The U.S. flag is flown at half-staff on federal buildings by presidential proclamation as a sign of respect after the deaths of public officials or noteworthy figures and after some mass shootings.

President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, called Buckley Tuesday morning to inform him of the decision. In the case of the Annapolis shooting, Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan already ordered the state flag flown at half-staff on Friday through sunset on Monday. "It was", Sanders said. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Tex.

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