US President Donald Trump has conceded Annapolis chairman Gavin Buckley’s desire to have American banners brought at half-pole down to respect five workers shot dead at the city’s The Capital daily paper.
Perth-raised Mr Buckley said on Monday his underlying solicitation to the White House had been declined.
After shock started to develop, Mr Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called Mr Buckley to state banners would be brought down.
“As soon as the president directly heard about the request made by the mayor he asked that we reach out and verify the mayor had made the request and when we did, the president asked the flags be lowered immediately,” Ms Sanders told journalists on Tuesday.
President immediately issued an announcement requesting banners brought down across the country until nightfall on Tuesday.
“Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland,” Mr Trump composed.
“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.”
“As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on June 28, 2018, by the authority vested in me as president of the United States by the constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the federal government.”
Jarrod Warren Ramos, 38, is blamed for strolling into The Capital daily paper on Thursday and shooting dead five workers with a shotgun.
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