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Trump to lower flags in memory of coronavirus victims

Trump to lower flags in memory of coronavirus victims
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster 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. 

There are more than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of Thursday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and more than 94,000 people in the country have died from the virus.

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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi quashes reports on Jan. 6 select committee Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed On The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWhite House draws ire of progressives amid voting rights defeat Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill Harris to preside over Senate for voting rights debate MORE (D-N.Y.) 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.