Trump to order flags flown at half-staff to honor Capital Gazette victims

Carol Geithner left and Yasemin Jamison gather for a candlelight vigil

An American flag is placed next to markers representing the people killed in a newsroom shooting at a makeshift memorial at the scene outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. Through Maryland's congressional delegation, Buckley put in a request to the White House over the weekend to lower the American flags.

Asked about Buckley's claim that his request was denied, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN on Tuesday morning that "as soon as the President directly heard the request made by the mayor, he asked that we reach out and verify that the mayor had made the request". Sanders called Buckley on Monday night to confirm the request and said she'd get back to him Tuesday morning.

In an interview earlier Monday with the Capital newspaper, Buckley said he was disappointed to hear that his request would not be honored.

After recent mass shootings at high schools in Texas and Florida, Trump ordered USA flags across the country lowered to half-staff to honor the victims.

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. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" he asked.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, the national flag may be ordered lowered only by the president or the governor of a state - though the governor may only do so if the deaths being commemorated directly affected that state. Buckley said Annapolis city flags would remain lowered until all the victims are buried.

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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