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Politics: After hours of silence, Trump tweeted that he was 'saddened to hear the news' of John Lewis' death

Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies

  Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the renowned civil rights leader who served as a symbol of the movement throughout his more than three decades in Congress, died Friday at the age of 80.From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. on "Bloody Sunday," Lewis decisively carved a place for himself in the history books as a courageous young activist during the height of the civil rights movement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House on July 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, President Trump announced a rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act. Drew Angerer/Getty Images © Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House on July 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, President Trump announced a rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump finally addressed the death of Rep. John Lewis on Saturday afternoon, hours after it was first announced.
  • "Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family," he tweeted.
  • Earlier on Saturday, Trump ordered the White House to lower the flags on US official buildings to honor Lewis.
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President Donald Trump finally addressed the passing of Rep. John Lewis on Saturday afternoon, hours after the lawmaker's death was officially announced.

John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died

  John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died John Lewis, a civil rights icon who went on to a more than three-decade long career in Congress representing Atlanta as a Democrat, has died. He was 80 years old and was in treatment for pancreatic cancer. He enjoyed near-universal respect on Capitol Hill as a hero of the movement, which put in him the […] The post John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died appeared first on Roll Call.

Lewis, a driving force in the civil rights movement, died Friday at age 80, after months of battling pancreatic cancer.

As a number of other lawmakers, leaders, and prominent political figures paid tribute and respect for Lewis on social media following the announcement, Trump did not immediately express his condolences.

On Saturday morning Trump ordered flags to be lowered to honor Lewis, Insider's Ellen Cranley reported.

On Saturday afternoon, Trump finally tweeted, "Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family."

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John Lewis: A final day of tribute in Washington as some lawmakers push to honor legacy through voting rights bill .
John Lewis will lie in state in the Capitol for a second day Tuesday, giving the public time to pay respects before his funeral in Georgia.Public viewing will continue from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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