The Hill reports:
The top Democrats in Congress are calling on President Trump to order that flags be flown at half staff at all public buildings on the day the U.S. reaches 100,000 deaths caused by the novel coronavirus.
In a letter sent to the president on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote that the tribute would serve as a “national expression of grief so needed by everyone.”
The president reserves the right to order that flags be flown at half staff for tragic events and the deaths of notable officials. Trump ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff as a “mark of solemn respect” for the victims of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, last August.
We’re about to reach the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths in this pandemic. This needs recognition & remembrance, especially since the pandemic deprives so many the ability to mourn as a community. On May 31 noon ET, CNN will host WE REMEMBER, a memorial service for those lost.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 21, 2020
Pelosi and Schumer write to Trump and ask that he order all public buildings to fly their flags at half staff when the death toll from covid-19 reaches 100,000
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 21, 2020
INBOX: @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer ask President Trump to order U.S. flags be flown at half staff “on the sad day of reckoning when we reach 100,000 deaths” from #Covid_19. pic.twitter.com/nPRk6ePBdi
— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) May 21, 2020