Rob Hiaasen, 59, Wendi Winters, 65, Gerald Fischman, 61, John McNamara, 56, and Rebecca Smith, 34, all were shot to death at the Capital Gazette on June 28, allegedly by 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos, who had a longstanding feud with the newspaper and has since been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.
In an interview earlier Monday with the Capital newspaper, Buckley said he was disappointed to hear that his request would not be honored.
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Buckley told the Baltimore Sun that he had considered still lowering the city's flags to half-staff despite Trump's decision, but changed his mind, saying, "It would start to polarise people and I don't want to make people angry". "This was an attack on the press".
As The Capital Gazette reports, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders called Buckley Tuesday morning to inform him of Trump's decision. It was an attack on freedom of speech. President Trump "asked that we reach out and verify that the mayor had made the request", she said.
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Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering the flags be flown at half-staff through sunset. "But there's certain protocol that is followed".
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".
Trump has repeatedly called journalists the "enemy of the people".
Some have also pointed out that President Barack Obama also faced criticism in 2015 for failing to quickly issue a proclamation that the flag be flown at half-staff for five USA service members who were killed by a gunman at a naval reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn.