Flags at Half-Staff for Newspaper Shooting Victims

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The White House announced an order Tuesday morning for flags to be lowered at half-staff in honor of the victims of last week's Capital Gazette newspaper shooting that resulted in the deaths of five employees. The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday that Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

At a news conference in Annapolis on Tuesday, Buckley said the city will keep Annapolis flags at half-staff until the victims of the attack have been buried.

"I'm glad President Obama followed my lead and lowered the flags half-staff".

The White House says Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor's request.

"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".

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President Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley this morning to inform him of the decision. Gov. Larry Hogan had ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered to half-staff from Friday through sunset on Monday. "It's just as important as any other tragedy". Journalists should never be threatened or killed for doing their jobs.

Sanders, for her part, said Tuesday that "we have a great deal of respect for the press". He did the same after mass killing in Las Vegas and in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

The mass shooting in Las Vegas killed 58 people. "The events of today are heartbreaking and a senseless tragedy".

The delay nearly exactly mirrored Trump's own criticism of President Barack Obama for waiting five days to sign a proclamation to honor victims of the Chattanooga recruiting center shootings in 2015.

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