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