Trump orders flags to half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Stevens

Trump orders flags to half-staff in honor of Supreme Court Justice Stevens
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE has ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff in memory of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died on Tuesday. 

Trump on Wednesday issued a proclamation stating flags on all government buildings, diplomatic posts and military bases should be lowered on the day of Stevens’s interment “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of” the late justice.


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJohnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Mueller report fades from political conversation Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE (D-Calif.) has announced that Stevens will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda next Monday, followed by a Tuesday memorial service. 

Stevens, 99, passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from complications from a stroke, according to the Supreme Court. He became a leader of the court’s liberal wing during his 35 years on the bench. In 2010, former President Obama nominated Justice Elena KaganElena KaganTrump pays respects to late Justice Stevens at Supreme Court Kagan: I will 'never accept' Supreme Court's ruling on partisan gerrymandering Liberal, conservative Supreme Court justices unite in praising Stevens MORE to replace him.

The White House praised Stevens for his “humility, legal acumen, and affection for his beloved Chicago Cubs” in a statement issued Tuesday night following news of his passing.