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Trump orders flags to half-staff in honor of Capitol Police officers

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE ordered American flags to be lowered to half-staff on Sunday in honor of the U.S. Capitol Police officer slain in Wednesday's riot and another who reportedly died in the days after.

The move comes after several days of criticism for not doing so earlier.

The president called for flags at the White House, public buildings, military posts, naval stations, naval vessels and facilities abroad to fly at half-staff to pay respect to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died due to injuries he suffered when a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol. 

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Trump’s statement also mentioned Howard Liebengood, a Capitol Police officer who The Washington Post reported died while off duty over the weekend after being on the scene of the riots.

Trump announced the flags would remain at half-staff until sunset Wednesday “as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice” of Sicknick, Liebengood and “all Capitol Police Officers, and law enforcement across this great Nation.”  

Sicknick died on Thursday night from injuries he suffered “while physically engaging with protesters,” Capitol Police said in a statement. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the 42-year-old officer, who had been with the Capitol Police since 2008, was hit on the head with a fire extinguisher. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Retired Army general: 'We can't have demonstrators showing up at a state Capitol with damn long guns' Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) ordered the Capitol to fly its flags at half-staff to honor Sicknick on Friday, but Trump did not immediately issue his own order to respect the fallen Capitol Police officer, prompting criticism. 

Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieSenator releases photos of man wanted in connection with Capitol riot Press: Only one week left, why impeach him twice? The Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week MORE said on Sunday that not ordering the flags lowered was "a national disgrace."

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"I mean, it is a national disgrace ... that the flag at the White House is not half-staff for that Capitol Hill Police officer who gave his life in protecting one of our institutions of democracy," he said. "If we're having to fit of pique, and that's why we're not putting a flag at half-staff, it's just another example of why people think that these decisions are not being made on the merits."

Other Republicans have acknowledged Sicknick’s death in statements, including Vice President Pence, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyCan we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Democratic super PAC targets Hawley, Cruz in new ad blitz MORE (R-Mo.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.).

A procession for Sicknick was held in D.C. on Sunday. 

Sicknick is among five people who died amid the Capitol breach last week. One woman was shot by a different Capitol Police officer, and three others experienced “medical emergencies.”

Pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol last week after the president encouraged them to head to the Capitol to express their opposition to accepting the certification of the Electoral College results that gave President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE his win. 

The mob broke windows, entered the Capitol and vandalized offices, leading to more than 60 arrests, including more than a dozen in federal court.