Trump Declines Annapolis Mayor's Request To Order Flags Be Flown At Half-Staff For Capital Gazette Victims UPDATE: Changes His Mind

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Posted: Jul 02, 2018 9:25 PM
Trump Declines Annapolis Mayor's Request To Order Flags Be Flown At Half-Staff For Capital Gazette Victims UPDATE: Changes His Mind

In honor of the Capital Gazette shooting victims, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) ordered state flags be flown at half-staff Friday morning through sunset on Monday. 

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley (D) wanted President Donald Trump to make the same call nationwide. Trump, however, declined.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed, you know? … Is there a cutoff for tragedy?” Buckley told the Baltimore Sun. “This was an attack on the press. It was an attack on freedom of speech. It’s just as important as any other tragedy.”

Trump has previously ordered flags to be flown at half-staff, particularly after school shootings in Texas and Florida, The Washington Times reported.

Buckley thought about defying the President's decision by ordering Annapolis flags be flown at half-staff. He decided not to pursue that course of action after discussing the situation with his wife. 

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

Buckley did not say why Trump denied the request.

UPDATE: President Trump on Tuesday issued a statement ordering flags be put at half-staff in honor of the Annapolis victims, the Washington Post reported.

“We waited all of Saturday, all of Sunday,” Buckley told the Washington Post. “We understood maybe there was some communications problems. We waited all day Monday and didn’t hear anything.”