Trump orders USA flags lowered in honor of Capital Gazette shooting victims

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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.

Buckley had said Monday the White House declined the initial request the mayor submitted through members of Maryland's congressional delegation. "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution". He said he had considered lowering the flags himself, but the Democratic congressman and his wife talked him out of it, saying protocol should be followed.

Susan O'Brien, the mayoral spokeswoman in Annapolis, had confirmed in a statement that the mayor requested the flags be lowered, adding: "The Mayor is extremely disappointed by the denial from the White House of his request to fly the United States flag at half staff in honor of the slain journalists from The Capital Gazette". Sanders says the proclamation will be going out shortly. The president issued a proclamation ordering the flags lowered nationwide until sunset Tuesday.

But Buckley told reporters the White House initially denied his request.

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President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, called Buckley Tuesday morning to inform him of the decision. "It's just as important as any other tragedy", said Buckley.

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.

The order was effective immediately on Tuesday till sunset.

He said the day after the shooting that journalists should not fear being violently attacked while doing their job. "It was", Sanders said. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 17 died, and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, 10 were killed. "The events of today are heartbreaking and a senseless tragedy".

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