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Kasich Orders Flags Lowered To Honor Slain Journalists

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Carol Geithner left and Yasemin Jamison gather for a candlelight vigil

Buckley had said Monday that the White House had declined the initial request the mayor submitted through Maryland's congressional delegation.

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

"It's a terrible situation, but I think it's the least respect we could give the journalists", Buckley said.

Asked about Buckley's claim that his request was denied, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN on Tuesday morning that "as soon as the President directly heard the request made by the mayor, he asked that we reach out and verify that the mayor had made the request". Sanders says the proclamation will be going out shortly.

"I spoke with the mayor last night and again this morning to let him know the president's decision", Sanders said.

Mr Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people". It was an attack on freedom of speech.

Kasich ordered that the USA and OH flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Tuesday. Only the governor of a state or the president can order an American flag lowered to half-staff, per the USA flag code.

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".

Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags at public buildings and grounds in the state flown at half-staff in honor of five newspaper journalists slain in Maryland's capital. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. "The events of today are heartbreaking and a senseless tragedy". Obama did eventually make such an order, five days after the killings.

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