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

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

Flags across CT are being lowered to half-staff in honor of the five Capital Gazette newspaper employees killed by a gunman who attacked their newsroom.

The Mayor of Annapolis Gavin Buckley had made the request over the weekend, but was surprised to find his personal appeal rejected come Monday.

Buckley said Monday afternoon he was informed by Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes of the decision turning down the mayor's request. "And when we did, the president asked that the flags be lowered immediately".

Tuesday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that as soon as Mr. Trump heard about the request from Buckley, he asked his staff to reach out and verify that the mayor made the request. But Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday morning honoring the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting and ordered the flags lowered. "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".

Sanders said she spoke to Buckley Monday night to inform him of the President's decision, adding that she was "not sure about the process" which led to Buckley's claim that his request was initially denied.

Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people".

Kasich ordered that the US and OH flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday. It was an attack on freedom of speech.

Buckley had also considered ordering flags lowered to half-staff apart from Trump's approval or disapproval, but he says his wife talked him out of it. He said the day after the shooting journalists shouldn't fear being violently attacked while doing their job. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.

By comparison, the shooting at the Annapolis newsroom killed five.

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