Why was the Mayor of Annapolis turned down by the White House on his request to lower flags to mark the lives of fallen journalists?— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) July 3, 2018
.@ChrisCuomo: I am afraid I know the answer. Its because President Trump doesn’t like the media #CuomoPrimeTime https://t.co/8oj5vraNr2 pic.twitter.com/bmJ3Niti5a
Trump denied a request from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to lower flags to half-staff in wake of the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom.
Cuomo on Monday called that request a “no-brainer” and wondered aloud why the president would deny it.
“Now, I’m afraid I know the answer, and it’s because President Trump doesn’t like the media,” Cuomo said. “I know that sounds extraordinarily petty and callous, but more facts: Trump is the man who mocked John McCain for being captured during Vietnam.”
“And yes, Trump did say that he respects journalists after the mass murder, but why would you believe that? Why would you believe he’s not lying again? I don’t have time to play all the attacks on the media, you know the truth. And now you know even if they get murdered, the president won’t respect the media appropriately. It’s the truth.”
Cuomo also wondered what would happen if the mass shooting happened at a Trump-friendly media outlet.
“Would he make a different choice?” Cuomo asked. “That might be even worse.”