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Trump lowers flags for journalists killed in Maryland

US President Donald Trump has ordered US flags to be flown at half-mast in tribute to five journalists killed last week at a Maryland newspaper.

He issued the proclamation on Tuesday morning, a day after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley said the White House had declined his request to lower flags.

The White House says the president acted as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor’s request.

Five Capital Gazette employees died in Thursday’s shooting in Annapolis.

In his proclamation, Mr Trump ordered all flags at public buildings, military posts, naval vessels and embassies to be flown at half-mast until sunset on Tuesday.

Victims of shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis
Image captionThe victims, from top left: Rob Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman; John McNamara (bottom centre), Wendi Winters (bottom right)

His statement said: “Our 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.”

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