Trump orders US flags lowered to honour 5 slain at newspaper

People take part in a candlelight vigil near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

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The Australian mayor of Annapolis, Gavin Buckley, says he is disappointed US President Donald Trump declined to order American flags be lowered to half-mast across the US to honour the five employees shot dead at The Capital newspaper. Through Maryland's congressional delegation, Buckley put in a request to the White House over the weekend to lower the American flags. "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution".

"I'm glad President Obama followed my lead and lowered the flags half-staff".

The proclamation orders flags at the White House and other federal buildings and ships to be lowered until sunset Tuesday.

She said that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke with Buckley both on Monday night and on Tuesday morning to alert him to the decision.

Buckley has already ordered the Annapolis flags lowered.

In a statement on the day of the shooting, Scott said: "My wife, Ann, and I are thinking of the journalists in newsrooms in Florida and across the country".

Just after the shooting, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the state flags to be set at half-staff from Friday until Monday's sunset. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. "Is it a matter of body count, or do some attacks carry with them a symbolic significance that transcends the police report?"

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 USA service members who were killed by a gunman at a naval reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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