President Trump orders flags to be lowered to half staff

Posted at 9:52 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 11:52:51-04

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, Maryland.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the decision was made Monday night, after the President received a request from Annapolis Mayor, Gavin Buckley. 

The five employees were killed in the attack last Thursday. Jarrod Ramos, who had threatened employees of the paper prior to the shooting, has been charged in the attack.

In the White House proclamation, Trump said that the nation “shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.”

“Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.”

The proclamation ordered the flag at half-staff at the White House and all other federal buildings and grounds until sunset Tuesday.