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

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President Donald Trump ordered US flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor slain newspaper journalists after the mayor of Annapolis said the White House had declined his earlier requests to do so.

The president quickly issued a proclamation ordering the flags lowered nationwide until sunset on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump reversed course Tuesday and ordered USA flags at the White House and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff to recognize the five victims of the Capital Gazette newspaper killed by a lone gunman last week.

Buckley, born in South Africa but raised in Perth, Australia, said on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time) his initial request to the White House had been declined. He faces five counts of first-degree murder.

Buckley expressed frustration Monday afternoon when he was told by a Maryland congressman's office the request had not been granted.

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Ramos was upset with the story and created a website where he allegedly expressed "his frustration and his anger towards me, the reporter and the newspaper", Marquardt said.

'Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know? "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution".

Presidents usually lower federal flags following the death of former presidents and service members, or other national tragedies. 'This was an attack on the press. Friday morning's edition featured in-depth coverage of the shooting and obituaries of the five people killed. She alleged he began cyberstallking her years earlier - repeatedly sending her aggressive private messages, harassing her therapist for information and contacting her employer to tell them she was "a bipolar drunkard leading a double life", which she said cost her her job.

Police say they are a questioning the suspect, a white man in his late 30s, following Thursday's attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

In deciding to lower the flags, the White House in a proclamation said the nation shared in the sorrows of those affected by the shooting. Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were victims in the shooting at the newspaper, June 28, 2018. "I guess they didn't treat me badly enough", Trump said, calling the shooting rampage a "disgrace".

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