Trump orders US flags lowered to honour 5 slain at newspaper

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Four Capital Gazette journalists and a staffer were killed Thursday when a gunman holding a grudge against the publication shot them in the newsroom.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know?".

Buckley said Monday afternoon he was informed by Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes of the decision turning down the mayor's request.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Buckley made the request after Republican Governor Larry Hogan had ordered Maryland state flags to be lowered from Friday through Monday. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" he asked.

Trump had initially denied the Annapolis mayor's request to order flags to half-staff. "This was an attack on the press".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders offered a different timeline to reporters Tuesday morning. It was an attack on freedom of speech.

Neither Trump nor Sanders has commented on why the original request from Buckley was denied, but many critics on Twitter believe it's due to Trump's lack of respect toward the press. "And when we did, the president asked that the flags be lowered immediately". So it happened." "I'm not sure on the process but there's certain protocol that is followed.

Trump issued the order in a presidential proclamation Tuesday, saying: "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". He said the day after the shooting that journalists shouldn't fear being violently attacked while doing their job. "It was", Sanders said.

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.