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President Donald Trump ordered American flags to be lowered to half-staff through Tuesday to honor of the victims of last week's deadly shooting at an Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper.

Buckley had said Monday the White House declined the initial request the mayor submitted through members of Maryland's congressional delegation.

On Monday, as reported by the Inquisitr, Buckley claimed that the White House at first denied his request to have flags lowered nationwide.

She said that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke with Buckley both Monday night and Tuesday morning to alert him to the decision. "He sees these murders as an attack on the freedom of the Press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution".

Mr. Trump has order the flag to be lowered at half-staff 16 times during his presidency, five of them in tribute to mass-shooting victims: the Santa Fe high school shooting, the Parkland high school shooting, the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the Las Vegas music festival shooting, and now the Capital Gazette shooting. "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".

"Obviously, I'm disappointed. Is there a cutoff for tragedy?"

Shortly after the order was released Tuesday, Buckley told the Sun that the reversal was "the least respect we could give the journalists".

Before receiving a call from Sanders, Buckley said his understanding was that the request had been denied.

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. That lawsuit was dismissed, but Ramos allegedly continued a harassment campaign against the paper.


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