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

US man Jarrod Warren Ramos poses for

US man Jarrod Warren Ramos poses for

Five Capital staff members were killed in the shooting at the newspaper Thursday: 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 sales assistant.

In an interview earlier Monday with the Capital newspaper, Buckley said he was disappointed to hear that his request would not be honored. "Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" he asked.

The order was effective immediately on Tuesday till sunset.

"Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends". "This was an attack on the press". Buckley told The Baltimore Sun. "It's just as important as any other tragedy". "As soon as the president directly heard about the request made by the mayor, he asked that we reach out and verify that their mayor had made the request", Sanders told reporters Tuesday. He said he had considered lowering the flags himself, but the Democratic congressman and his wife talked him out of it, saying protocol should be followed.

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On Monday, the European Union warned that $300 billion in USA exports could be hit by retaliatory tariffs . Department of Commerce, the EU set out clear plans to respond to potential U.S. duties on European cars.

Trump has repeatedly called journalists the "enemy of the people".

Sanders, for her part, said Tuesday that "we have a great deal of respect for the press".

The delay nearly exactly mirrored Trump's own criticism of President Barack Obama for waiting five days to sign a proclamation to honor victims of the Chattanooga recruiting center shootings in 2015.

The proclamation ordered the flag at half-staff at the White House and all other federal buildings and grounds until sunset Tuesday.

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