Trump, Colyer order flags lowered to honor slain journalists

Leroy Wright
July 5, 2018

President Trump has ordered USA flags to be lowered to half-staff as "a mark of solemn respect" for the four journalists and a newspaper sales representative killed last week at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md.

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

Buckley, elected Annapolis mayor previous year, submitted the flag request to the White House over the weekend and said he was disappointed it was not initially approved.

The initial request was denied, but Buckley was notified by the White House Monday night that the president had made a decision to lower the flags in honor of the journalists after all.

The city's mayor said the request was initially denied.

Idaho Falls' flags will remain at half-staff until sunset Tuesday.

Buckley said he ordered the city's American flags lowered immediately.

"It's just as important as any other tragedy", Mr Buckley said.

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Tom Marquardt, the onetime publisher of the Capital Gazette, told The Associated Press at Hiaasen's memorial that Ramos sent one letter to a company lawyer saying he was on his way to the Annapolis newspaper "to kill as many people" as he could. I told you so.

"I further certify I then did proceed to the office of respondent Capital-Gazette Communications. with the objective of killing every person present", said the letter, which was first reported by The Baltimore Sun. The mayor told The Baltimore Sun that he made the request Friday but hadn't heard anything from the White House yet.

The White House said on Tuesday that Trump ordered flags lowered as soon as he learned of the mayor's request. "This was an attack on the press".

The letter is dated Thursday, June 28, the same day prosecutors say Ramos, stormed into the paper's Annapolis newsroom with a shotgun, killing five employees and leaving two others wounded a few years after his unsuccessful defamation suit.

"I think they're very serious about it", Trump insisted, when asked if his administration should be insisting North Korea say exactly where its facilities are located to demonstrate its seriousness to denuclearize.

Kim Reynolds has ordered flags on state grounds to be flown at half-staff to honor five employees of a Virginia newspaper shot to death last week. Trump has repeatedly called journalists the "enemy of the people".

The Capital reporter Danielle Ohl contributed to this article. The suspected shooter, identified as Jarrod Ramos, 38, was taken into custody shortly after the attack.

Speaking with NBC's "Today" show in an interview aired Monday, she said his relentless abuse forced her to move out of Maryland, where Ramos is now charged with five counts of murder.

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