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The mayor of Annapolis had made a personal appeal to the White House over the weekend, which was rejected Monday, according to a spokesperson for Mayor Gavin Buckley.

Despite the original request for American flags to be lowered, both Buckley and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered their respective city and state flags to be flown at half-staff from Friday to Monday.

"Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland", Trump said in the proclamation.

Buckley said he was "obviously" disappointed about the White House's initial decision not to lower the flags.

Buckley has issued a statement saying he appreciates the president lowering the flags and recognizing the tragedy of the shooting. "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". It was an attack on freedom of speech. Only the governor of a state or the president can order an American flag lowered to half-staff, per the USA flag code.

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"At this point in time, it would start to polarize people and I don't want to make people angry."
President Trump "asked that we reach out and verify that the mayor had made the request", she said. "When we did, the President asked that the flags be lowered immediately".

Trump repeatedly has called journalists the "enemy of the people".

In 2012, Ramos filed a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, after the paper reported on a criminal charge against him the previous year.

The accused gunman in the attack has been charged with five counts of murder for the shooting deaths of editorial page editor Gerald Fischman; Rob Hiaasen, an assistant editor, Sunday columnist and brother of author and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen; sports reporter John McNamara; sales assistant Rebecca Smith; and editor and community reporter Wendi Winters.