Trump orders flags to half-staff for newsroom shooting after initial rejection

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The decision follows a request by the Australian mayor of Annapolis, Democrat Gavin Buckley, which he said was initially denied.

"We waited all of Saturday, all of Sunday", Buckley said.

The flag is flown at half-staff on federal buildings by presidential proclamation as a sign of respect after the deaths of public officials or noteworthy figures and after some mass shootings.

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She said that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke with Buckley both Monday night and Tuesday morning to alert him to the decision.

Trump, meanwhile, bears at least some degree of responsibility for this shooting, according to The Columbia Journalism Review, as he has consistently called the press "the enemy of the people". "It's just as important as any other tragedy", said Buckley.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has also ordered state flags flown at half-mast.

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The order extended to all flags on public buildings, military posts, naval vessels, embassies overseas and other locations until sunset this evening.

In a statement on the day of the shooting, Scott said: "My wife, Ann, and I are thinking of the journalists in newsrooms in Florida and across the country".

The Republican governor's order says the action was in "accordance" with an order issued by President Donald Trump.

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But while some have accused Trump of fostering a climate of disrespect and even violence toward the Fourth Estate, others note that his is a dilemma faced by all presidents. At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 17 died, and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, 10 were killed. "Is it a matter of body count, or do some attacks carry with them a symbolic significance that transcends the police report?" Obama did eventually make such an order, five days after the killings.

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