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 TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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 PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences 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 KaganBarrett to use Supreme Court chambers previously used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Justice Barrett's baptism by fire: Protecting the integrity of elections Supreme Court rejects Democrats' bid to reinstate mail-in ballot extension in Wisconsin 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.