In wake of today's mass shooting at a Texas school, President Trump has given the order to fly flags at half staff.
Trump gave the proclamation "as a mark of solemn respect" to the victims.
The proclamation reads:
THE WHiTE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN SANTA FE, TEXAS BY THE PRESIDENT OF TILE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 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 in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half—staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty—second.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President Trump had issues the following statement previously in the day after he first heard of the tragedy unfolding.
This has been going on too long in our country," Mr. Trump said. "Too many years, too many decades now. We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High, we're with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever.
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