Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump orders USA flags lowered to honor slain journalists

Trump orders USA flags lowered to honor slain journalists

Four Capital Gazette journalists and one staffer were killed after a man went on a shooting rampage inside the paper's newsroom on Thursday.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed. Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution".

The White House says Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor's request.

"It's about time!" Trump tweeted after lowering the flags on Trump Tower in Manhattan.

"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".

Mr Trump ordered flags be lowered for recent mass-shootings at Florida and Texas high schools, but declined for the Annapolis tragedy.

Sanders said she spoke to Buckley Monday night to inform him of the President's decision, adding that she was "not sure about the process" which led to Buckley's claim that his request was initially denied. "This was an attack on the press. It's just as important as any other tragedy".

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

"But there's certain protocol that was followed".

According to the Capital Gazette, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Buckley on Tuesday morning to let him know the decision had been reversed.

In response to the shooting, Malloy said last week that he stood in solidarity with "every journalist who fights day in and day out for the truth and for accountability of those in power". "It was", Sanders said.

Some have also pointed out that President Barack Obama also faced criticism in 2015 for failing to quickly issue a proclamation that the flag be flown at half-staff for five US service members who were killed by a gunman at a naval reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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