Trump declines request to lower flags in memory of Maryland Capital Gazette shooting victims – then does a reversal

By Danielle Ohl in the Baltimore Sun

President Donald Trump has declined a request from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to lower American flags in honor of the fatal shooting of five employees of The Capital Gazette newspaper of Annapolis, Md., last week.

While Buckley had previously thought he might lower the city’s own flags regardless of the president’s decision, the mayor said his wife talked him out of that.

“At this point in time, it would start to polarize people and I don’t want to make people angry,” he said.

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Update:

By John Wagner of the Washington Post

President Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering flags flown at half-staff on federal buildings to honor the five victims of the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, Md., the White House said.

The decision follows a request over the weekend by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley (D), which he said was initially not granted.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the decision was made Monday night “as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor.”

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