Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump orders flags to half-staff for newsroom shooting after initial rejection

Trump orders flags to half-staff for newsroom shooting after initial rejection

The proclamation ordered the flag at half-staff at the White House and all other federal buildings and grounds until sunset Tuesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump made the decision Monday night, after hearing about a request from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

Mr Buckley said his wife talked him out of pushing ahead without the president's approval and lowering flags in Annapolis, the capital of the USA state of Maryland.

People walk in silence during a vigil in response to the shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom. "I spoke with the mayor last night and again this morning to let him know the president's decision", she said. "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution".

"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".

"Obviously, I'm disappointed", Buckley told the Baltimore Sun.

In fact, Buckley's request may not have been denied so much as delayed.

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

Trump has ordered the lowering of flags for other mass shootings including May's shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, that left 10 dead at a local high school and February's shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school in which 17 people were killed.

Mr Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people".

Ramos is charged in the killings of editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, 59; Wendi Winters, 65, a community correspondent who led special publications; editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, 61; editor and sports writer John McNamara, 56; and Rebecca Smith, 34, a recently hired sales assistant.

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