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President Donald Trump Denies Request To Lower Flags in Annapolis

Trump Denies Request to Lower Flags in Annapolis

The gesture would have honored victims of the Captical Gazette newspaper shooting.

President Donald Trump has declined a request from Annapolis, Md.'s mayor to lower American flags. The request was in honor of the fatal shooting of five employees of The Capital Gazette last week. Mayor Gavin Buckley responded to the refusal: "Obviously, I'm disappointed...Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" Buckley considered lowering the city's flags regardless of the president's decision, but he said that his wife talked him out of that. He didn't want to "polarize people" or make them "angry." Trump has ordered flags lowered for previous mass shootings, including the Parkland, Fla. tragedy. The White House did not respond to a request for comment from The Baltimore Sun.

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