White House Refuses to Fly Flags at Half Staff to Honor Five Slain Journalists

President Trump refuses to fly flags at half staff to honor slain Capital Gazette journalists

From the Washington Post:

President Trump has declined to lower flags to honor five victims of the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, the Gazette reported.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley (D) requested that the flags be lowered to honor five Gazette employees who were gunned down Thursday, allegedly by Jarrod Ramos, who had threatened employees of the paper before. Four journalists and a sales associate were killed.

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

The mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

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