Trump offers condolences, orders flags at half-staff to honor Dingell

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE on Friday ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellMcCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Pelosi should take a page from Tip O'Neill's playbook Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (D-Mich.), who passed away a day earlier at the age of 92.

Trump said in a proclamation that flags will be lowered at all federal buildings, military posts and diplomatic facilities until sunset on Saturday “as a mark of respect for the memory and long standing service” of Dingell, who was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.


The Michigan Democrat died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He retired from Congress in 2014 after a six-decade career in the House that included a long stint as chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Deepest sympathies to Congresswoman Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Ex-NBA star John Salley serves up veggie dogs at PETA lunch Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses MORE and the entire family of John Dingell. Longest serving Congressman in Country’s history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart. A great reputation and highly respected man,” Trump tweeted later Friday.

Trump provoked controversy in August when he waited two days after the death of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainStephen Miller hits Sunday show to defend Trump against racism charges Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Meghan McCain shares story of miscarriage MORE (R-Ariz.) to lower flags to half-staff at the White House. Like McCain, Dingell was a vocal critic of the president.

Updated at 3:16 p.m.