In a highly irregular move, President Donald Trump refused to order the lowering of U.S. flags on federal property until he was urged to do so by his advisers and members of Congress.

After the deaths of two Capitol Police officers as a result of Trump-incited riots at the Capitol building Wednesday, many were confused as to why the U.S. flags at the White House were not put at half-mast as they had been in the past. 

Trump reportedly refused to lower the flags, but finally did on Sunday, four days after the first officer died after intense pressure from aides.

Trump has received wide criticism as a result of his seemingly deliberate move to downplay the severity of the riots on Wednesday. Trump has made no official comment as to why he chose to not lower the flag.

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