Trump orders US flags lowered to honor slain journalists

People take part in a candlelight vigil near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

An American flag is placed next to markers representing the people killed in a newsroom shooting at a makeshift memorial at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley subsequently asked the White House to order the lowering of American flags.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the decision was made Monday night "as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor".

Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

Buckley said he was "obviously" disappointed about the White House's initial decision not to lower the flags. "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.

In fact, Buckley's request may not have been denied so much as delayed. "And when we did, the president asked that the flags be lowered immediately". Is there a cutoff for tragedy? Only the governor of a state or the president can order an American flag lowered to half-staff, per the USA flag code.

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In a statement given to The Baltimore Sun, Buckley wondered why his town's tragedy wasn't given the same respect.

Jarrod W Ramos has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder over the killings, which police described as a targeted attack.

President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, called Buckley Tuesday morning to inform him of the decision.

Victims of a shooting at The Capital Gazette on June 28, 2018, aare pictured, left to right: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

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