Associated Press Trump orders U.S. flags lowered to honor slain journalists

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Despite the original request for American flags to be lowered, both Buckley and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered their respective city and state flags to be flown at half-staff from Friday to Monday.

People walk in silence during a vigil in response to the shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom. Sanders called Buckley on Monday night to confirm the request and said she'd get back to him Tuesday morning.

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

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Mr. Trump has order the flag to be lowered at half-staff 16 times during his presidency, five of them in tribute to mass-shooting victims: the Santa Fe high school shooting, the Parkland high school shooting, the Sutherland Springs church shooting, the Las Vegas music festival shooting, and now the Capital Gazette shooting.

"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".

"Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know?".

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In a statement given to The Baltimore Sun, Buckley wondered why his town's tragedy wasn't given the same respect. "It's just as important as any other tragedy", said Buckley.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, the national flag may be ordered lowered only by the president or the governor of a state - though the governor may only do so if the deaths being commemorated directly affected that state.

Meanwhile, Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, has been charged with five counts of murder for last Thursday's shooting. "And when we did, the president asked that the flags be lowered immediately".

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The victims included Rob Hiaasen, 59, the paper's assistant managing editor; Gerald Fischman, 61, the editorial page editor; Wendi Winters, 65, a features reporter; 56-year-old sports reporter John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, 34, a sales assistant.

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