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Donald Trump orders flags to half-staff on his properties

FILE - In this July 11, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at FreedomFest in Las Vegas. Trump criticized Sen. John McCain's military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party's 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a "war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured." McCain spent 20 years in the Navy, a quarter of it in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after his jet was shot down over Hanoi during a bombing mission Oct. 26, 1967. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is ordering that the flags on his U.S. properties lowered to honor the five service members killed in last week’s shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The businessman and former reality TV star has been under fire for mocking Sen. John McCain’s reputation as a war hero for his service in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese captured McCain after plane he piloted was shot down. He was held for five years.

Trumps remarks have sparked widespread criticism from fellow Republicans and veterans groups.

His campaign released a statement Tuesday criticizing President Barack Obama for not ordering American flags lowered to honor the four marines and a sailor killed in the shooting.

Obama signed a proclamation doing so later Tuesday. Flags will be lowered through sunset on July 25.

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