Trump Lowers White House Flags For Slain Journalists After Reportedly Denying Request

Arturo Kim
July 6, 2018

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. The request comes after Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley claimed that Trump had denied his request to have flags lowered.

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. 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.

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. Sanders says the proclamation will be going out shortly.

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.

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"I spoke with the mayor last night and again this morning to let him know the president's decision", Sanders said. "It's just as important as any other tragedy", said Buckley.

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags at half-staff to honor the victims of the June 28 shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

Trump's order will be in effect until sunset on Tuesday.

"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job", he added. "The events of today are heartbreaking and a senseless tragedy".

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