Trump orders US flags lowered to honour 5 slain at newspaper

Candles representing the slain journalists of Capital Gazette sit on display during a candlelight vigil held near the Capital Gazette the day after a gunman killed five people inside the newspaper’s building in Annapolis Md

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley subsequently asked the White House to order the lowering of American flags.

In an interview earlier Monday with The Capital newspaper, Buckley said he was disappointed to hear that his request would not be honoured.

"At this point in time, it would start to polarise people and I don't want to make people angry", Mr Buckley, 55, who moved to the United States in 1992 and has become a successful restaurant owner in Annapolis, said.

Annapolis mayor says Trump declined request to lower flags to half-staff to honour five killed in Thursday's shooting.

But Buckley told reporters the White House initially denied his request.

President Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley this morning to inform him of the decision. It was an attack on freedom of speech.

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Flags in Southborough and across the nation are flying at half staff until sunset today, July 3, 2018, in honor of the victims of the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper. Only the governor of a state or the president can order an American flag lowered to half-staff, per the US flag code.

Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags at public buildings and grounds in the state flown at half-staff in honor of five newspaper journalists slain in Maryland's capital.

"Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job", he added.

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

The mass shooting in Las Vegas killed 58 people. "Is it a matter of body count, or do some attacks carry with them a symbolic significance that transcends the police report?"

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