Trump orders U.S. flags lowered in honor of Capital Gazette shooting victims

Hugh Fox
July 6, 2018

Trump on Tuesday ordered USA flags be flown at half-staff on federal property in honor of the journalists killed June 28 in Annapolis, Maryland. Through Maryland's congressional delegation, Buckley put in a request to the White House over the weekend to lower the American flags.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Buckley made the request after Republican Governor Larry Hogan had ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered from Friday through Monday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders Tuesday said that the initial rejection of the request didn't come from the president himself. This was an attack on the press.

President Trump has previously ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for other mass shootings, including the tragedies in Las Vegas; Santa Fe, Texas; and Parkland, Florida.

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"Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends".

"Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know? It's just as important as any other tragedy".

The city's mayor said the request was initially denied.

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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.

Meanwhile, Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, has been charged with five counts of murder for last Thursday's shooting.

"I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations", Trump said.

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The victims included Rob Hiaasen, 59, the paper's assistant managing editor; Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor; Wendi Winters, 65, a features reporter; 56-year-old sports reporter John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.

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