Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

President Donald Trump has ordered USA flags on federal property be flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honor five people slain at a newspaper in Maryland's capital.

The decision follows a request by the Australian mayor of Annapolis, Democrat Gavin Buckley, which he said was initially denied.

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

"I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities overseas, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations", Trump said.

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.

President Trump has previously ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for other mass shootings, including the tragedies in Las Vegas; Santa Fe, Texas; and Parkland, Florida.

However, since well before taking office, Trump has been openly antagonistic toward the press, calling it the "enemy of the American people," tweeting an image of him throttling a stand-in for a major media network - and, just three weeks ago, saying, "Our Country's biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!" It was an attack on freedom of speech. Gov. Larry Hogan had ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered to half-staff from Friday through sunset on Monday.

The Republican governor's order says the action was in "accordance" with an order issued by President Donald Trump.

Four journalists and a sales associate were killed in the attack Thursday that police said was carried out by Jarrod Ramos, who had threatened employees of the paper before. "It was", Sanders said.

USA Today writes, "like his predecessors, Trump also faces a grim calculus: What differentiates a devastating crime from a truly national tragedy?" He also chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade.

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