WASHINGTON – Congressional Democratic leaders sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for flags at public buildings to be flown at half-staff when the coronavirus death toll hits 100,000 in the USA.
As the nation entered the Memorial Day weekend and marked Americans' sacrifices, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asked Trump to fly flags at half-staff on the day the death toll reached 100,000 to "serve as a national expression of grief so needed by everyone in our country."
"As we pay our respects to them, sadly, our country mourns the deaths of nearly 100,000 Americans from COVID-19. Our hearts are broken over this great loss and our prayers are with their families," Pelosi and Schumer wrote.
As of Thursday, the U.S. coronavirus death toll was almost 94,000 and still increasing. More than 1.5 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in the USA. The global death toll almost reached 330,000.
According to usa.gov, the flag is flown at half-staff when "the nation or a state is in mourning," and a president can order the lowering of flags through a presidential proclamation. State governors or the mayor of Washington can also order flags be flown at half-staff.