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Donald Trump orders flags to be flown at half mast after journalists killed

The president’s order came after the mayor of Annapolis said his request for such a move had been turned down.

President Donald Trump has ordered US flags on federal property to be flown at half-mast to honour five newspaper journalists killed in Maryland’s capital.

The order comes after Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley said on Monday that Mr Trump had declined his request to lower the flags.

Mr Trump issued a proclamation on Tuesday ordering the flags fly at half mast through sunset.

Five Capital Gazette newspaper employees were killed when a gunman holding a grudge against the publication shot them in the newsroom.

Mr Trump repeatedly has called journalists the “enemy of the people”.

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

The White House said Mr Trump ordered the flags lowered as soon as he learned of the Annapolis mayor’s request.

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