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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE on Friday ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellAlaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat Cummings shows how oversight should be done - and that's bad news for Trump 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.

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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 DingellDemocrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general House Dem calls Mueller report 'a roadmap' for 2020 Dems grill EPA chief over auto emissions rollback plan 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 McCainIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Earth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private 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.