Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments ‘so foolish’
Days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the removal of monuments to Confederate figures as “sad” and “so foolish”.
Trump in a series of tweets said “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments”. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.”
Mr Trump made comments on Tuesday in which he blamed “both sides” of the Charlottesville protests and now Trump’s tweets came as he continued to face criticism for these comments.
“Some very fine people” among those protesting the removal of Lee’s statue in Charlottesville Trump said, while he condemned the neo-Nazi and white supremacists who protested.
On Tuesday echoing his comments he tweeted that the removal of Confederate statues can lead to the removal of monuments of the US’s founding fathers.
“Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!” Trump tweeted.
“Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”
The tweets came as Trump continued to face a torrent of criticism for his remarks Tuesday, with several prominent Republicans in Congress admonishing Trump for his response.