Trump Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Capital Gazette Victims

Charlene Craig
July 6, 2018

President Trump has ordered USA flags to be lowered to half-staff as "a mark of solemn respect" for the four journalists and a newspaper sales representative killed last week at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md.

The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed", Mr Buckley told the Baltimore Sun on Monday.

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"At this point in time, it would start to polarise people and I don't want to make people angry", Mr Buckley, 55, who moved to the U.S. in 1992 and has become a successful restaurant owner in Annapolis, said.

Mr Buckley said his wife talked him out of pushing ahead without the president's approval and lowering flags in Annapolis, the capital of the USA state of Maryland. Sanders says the proclamation will be going out shortly. "It was - but when the President heard about the mayor's specific request to him, he fulfilled the mayor's request in order for the flags to be lowered", she added. "Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends".

As The Capital Gazette reports, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley Tuesday morning to inform him of Trump's decision.

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Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people". "It's just as important as any other tragedy".

The U.S. and state flags will "be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida", Scott said.

"Our nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland", Tuesday morning's White House press release stated. Journalists should never be threatened or killed for doing their jobs.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has also ordered state flags flown at half-mast. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.

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