President Trump on Friday ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the late Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who passed away a day earlier at the age of 92.
Trump said in a proclamation that flags will be lowered at all federal buildings, military posts and diplomatic facilities until sunset on Saturday “as a mark of respect for the memory and long standing service” of Dingell, who was the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.
The Michigan Democrat died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He retired from Congress in 2014 after a six-decade career in the House that included a long stint as chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.
Trump provoked controversy last August when he waited two days after the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to lower flags to half-staff at the White House. Like McCain, Dingell was a vocal critic of the president.