President Trump issued a proclamation on Sunday ordering that the American flag in the White House and in all federal buildings and lands be lowered in honor of two U.S. Capitol police officers who died after the president’s supporters rioted violently on the Capitol on Wednesday.
The move came after the flags at the Capitol complex were lowered in honor of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died of injuries he sustained while engaging with the crowd of Trump supporters who made the move. burst and passed the building. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide over the weekend.
Despite much criticism, Mr. Trump had refused to lower the flags, but gave in on Sunday.
“I hereby order that the flag of the United States fly at Half-Staff in the White House and over all public buildings and grounds, at all military and naval stations, and on all warships. of the federal government in the district. Colombia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset on January 13, 2021, ”Mr. Trump wrote in the proclamation. “I also order that the flag flown on a half-staff basis for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices and other facilities of the United States abroad, including all military installations and ships and stations of Marine.”