Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (File Photo)

In this file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with members of the media alongside Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer outside of the West Wing of the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top Democratic leaders are urging President Donald Trump to fly flags at half-staff on public buildings across the country when the U.S. coronavirus death toll reaches 100,000.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made the request in a letter sent to Trump on Thursday. They say the gesture would “serve as a national expression of grief so needed by everyone in our country.”

There have been more than 93,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University.

The White House had no immediate response to the letter.

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