President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump taps Brooke Rollins as acting domestic policy chief Trump takes pandemic fight to Michigan Trump to celebrate Memorial Day at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry MORE said Thursday he will lower flags on government buildings to half-staff to honor the almost 100,000 Americans who have died of coronavirus.
“I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus,” Trump tweeted.
He noted flags will remain at half-staff on Monday for Memorial Day.
….On Monday, the flags will be at half-staff in honor of the men and women in our Military who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Nation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2020
There are more than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of Thursday evening, according to Johns Hopkins data, and more than 94,000 people in the country have died from the virus.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva’s Brendan O’Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve 15 things to know today about coronavirus Pelosi blasts Senate GOP subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrats slam Trump for threatening to hold Michigan funds Wisconsin woman says she got coronavirus despite taking hydroxychloroquine for years White House spokeswoman calls Schumer an ‘ill-informed keyboard warrior’ MORE wrote Trump earlier Thursday urging the president to lower flags once the U.S. reaches the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
“It would serve as a national expression of grief so needed by everyone in our country,” the Democratic leaders wrote.
The president regularly notes that he believes one death from the virus is too many and insists the pandemic has been hard on him given the loss of life. But he has spent significantly more time over the last couple months defending his administration’s response to the coronavirus, lashing out at his critics and lamenting that the economy has cratered.