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The White House announced an order Tuesday morning for flags to be lowered at half-staff in honor of the victims of last week's Capital Gazette newspaper shooting that resulted in the deaths of five employees.

That proclamation came after the mayor of Annapolis said his request to Trump to lower flags had been turned down.

In an interview earlier Monday with The Capital newspaper, Buckley said he was disappointed to hear that his request would not be honoured.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the decision was made Monday night "as soon as the president heard about the request from the mayor". Sanders says the proclamation will be going out shortly. "Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and bring aid and comfort to their families and friends".

"Wannabe despot who calls journalists "the enemy of the people, ' a "stain on America" and 'scum" declines to honour slain members of the free press who were gunned down in their newsroom", political scientist Brian Klaas wrote on Twitter. "It's just as important as any other tragedy".

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"It's about time!" Trump tweeted after lowering the flags on Trump Tower in Manhattan.

He said the day after the shooting that journalists should not fear being violently attacked while doing their job.

Just after the shooting, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the state flags to be set at half-staff from Friday until Monday's sunset.

Sanders, for her part, said Tuesday that "we have a great deal of respect for the press".

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. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Tex. "The events of today are heartbreaking and a senseless tragedy".