Trump bemoans Confederate statues' removal

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 20, 2017

Pressured by advisers, the president had softened his words on the dispute Monday, but returned to his combative stance Tuesday - insisting during an unexpected and contentious news conference at Trump Tower that "both sides" were to blame.

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our attractive statues and monuments", Mr Trump wrote in a string of tweets.

Baltimore and other cities have already removed or covered up Confederate statues.

In a trio of tweets, Trump said expressed disappointment that US history and culture was being torn apart as "beautiful statues and monuments" are taken down.

The mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed during Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Va., says the way to truly honor her is to make a difference in the world.

In the hours afterward, Trump drew criticism when he addressed the violence in broad strokes, saying he condemned "in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides". Such a disgusting lie.

"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer", Trump tweeted Thursday morning. He just can't forget his election trouncing.

Trump called Flake, who has criticized him, "toxic" and all but endorsed Kelli Ward, who is challenging Flake in a primary. "However, because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country".

The fallout from Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville led to the disbanding of his CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives from some of the nation's largest companies resigned in protest against the president's response. "For the sake of our Nation - as our President - please fix this", Graham said.

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