Trump orders USA flags lowered to honour slain journalists

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Connecticut's governor announced on Tuesday that state flags will be lowered to half staff to honor the victims of last week's newspaper shooting.

President Trump issued a proclamation lowering flags at federal facilities to half-staff.

"So why would the mayor of Annapolis say he was turned down with such a no-brainer request?"

The order comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said Monday that Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

The Latest on the shootings targeting Maryland's Capital Gazette newspaper (all times local): Noon A prosecutor says the shooter who opened fire at a Maryland newspaper barricaded the exit door so employees couldn't escape.

Mr. Trump had ordered USA flags lowered after mass-casualty school shootings in Texas and Florida earlier this year.

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Trump, in a concise statement, said the press should be free of the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs.

One day after it was reported that the president denied a request from the Mayor of Annapolis, MD to order USA flags be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting, Trump is reversing course, and will issue a proclamation shortly mandating that flags be flown at half-staff. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" "I told you so", reads the June 28 document sent to the Capital Gazette's former lawyer, with instructions to share it with the paper's former publisher, reports the Baltimore Sun. At a moving memorial for all the victims, fellow journalists likewise urged supporters to continue working to "find our better angels", and asserted a vital truth: "We are not the enemy - we are you".

"And it's because President Trump doesn't like the media". Altomare said the shooter meant to "kill as many people as he could kill". More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas.

CBS reported authorities said it was a planned attack and Ramos used smoke grenades when he entered the building. By comparison, the shootings at the Annapolis newspaper killed 5. "It's on everybody's minds", one employee tells WJLA of the shooting.

Trump was widely criticized for the earlier decision not to lower the flag. Obama did eventually make such an order, five days after the killings.