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President Donald Trump has ordered American flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting.

People walk in silence during a vigil in response to the shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom.

As The Capital Gazette reports, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley Tuesday morning to inform him of Trump's decision.

Buckley told The Baltimore Sun Monday: "Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know?". It was an attack on freedom of speech.

The city's mayor said the request was initially denied.




The U.S. and state flags will "be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida", Scott said. Sanders claims that she called Buckley on Monday night to confirm that he had made the request and to tell him that the White House would respond later, according to CBS News.

"It's a awful situation, but I think it's the least respect we could give the journalists", Buckley said. That lawsuit was dismissed, but Ramos allegedly continued a harassment campaign against the paper.

The accused gunman in the attack has been charged with five counts of murder for the shooting deaths of editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; Rob Hiaasen, an assistant editor, Sunday columnist and brother of author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen; sports reporter John McNamara; sales assistant Rebecca Smith; and editor and community reporter Wendi Winters.

When asked Tuesday morning if the president is committed to stop calling journalists the "enemy of the people", Sanders said that Mr. Trump has a "great deal of respect for the press", but also called on the media to be responsible with their reporting.


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