Trump orders US flags lowered to honour 5 slain at newspaper

US man Jarrod Warren Ramos poses for

US man Jarrod Warren Ramos poses for

- President Donald Trump has ordered USA flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting, FOX News reports. The mayor of Annapolis had made a personal appeal to the White House over the weekend, which was rejected Monday, according to a spokesperson for Mayor Gavin Buckley.

"We waited all of Saturday, all of Sunday", Buckley said. "And when we did, the president asked that the flags be lowered immediately".

The White House says Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor's request. The president issued a proclamation ordering the flags lowered nationwide until sunset Tuesday. "Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends". "I spoke with the mayor last night and again this morning to let him know the president's decision", she said.

President Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley this morning to inform him of the decision.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has also ordered state flags flown at half-mast. "It's just as important as any other tragedy".

Trump's order Tuesday applies to flags on public grounds throughout the USA and at diplomatic facilities overseas.

Four journalists and a sales associate were killed in the attack Thursday that police said was carried out by Jarrod Ramos, who had threatened employees of the paper before.

The U.S. and state flags will "be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida", Scott said. At a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 were killed. He also chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade.

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