Ryan Lizza, Washington’s chief correspondent for Politician, asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday if President TrumpDonald John Trump Top intelligence officials issue statements criticizing the leak of information about Russian rewards. Information on Russian rewards was included in Trump’s daily briefing: Reports that Senators will have access to intelligence about Russian rewards on US troops MORE he believes that “it was good that the South lost the Civil War”, which led McEnany to call the question “absolutely absurd”.
“I think a lot of people are trying to understand what their vision is to commemorate the Confederacy and the proper place for the Confederate flag,” Lizza, who also serves as CNN’s senior political analyst, said at a White House press conference. . “Does President Trump think it was good for the South to lose the Civil War?”
“Well, your first question is absolutely absurd. You are proud of the United States of America,” McEnany replied.
Lizza also asked if Trump had plans to ban the Confederate flag at his rallies, similar to NASCAR’s decision earlier this month after George Floyd’s police murder on May 25 that sparked mass protests across the country.
“That would be a question for his campaign,” McEnany said before citing a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll poll that he said underscored the president’s position on “preserving our history.”
“There is a Harvard-Harris poll released last week that shows 60 percent of respondents said statues should remain, and 71 percent said local governments should prevent groups from physically destroying the statues,” he said. McEnany. “So he is on the side of preserving our history.”
The poll, released Tuesday, found that 58 percent of respondents said the statues should remain, while 42 percent said they should be removed.
Trump signed an executive order last week aimed at protecting federal monuments and statues from vandalism.
I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order that protects the Monuments, Monuments and Statues of the United States, and fights recent criminal violence. Long prison terms for these illegal acts against our Great Country!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
The battle for the removal of statues commemorating Confederate figures is also raging on Capitol Hill. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators will have access to intelligence on Russian rewards in US troops House Dems to offer a roadmap to solve the Feehery climate crisis: on statues and statutes MORE (D-Calif.) Recently ordered the removal of Confederate portraits on Capitol Hill, and Democrats are pushing for the removal of 11 Confederate General statues at the Capitol complex.
Congress is likely to send Trump a massive defense policy bill this year that is expected to include a provision on renaming Army bases named after Confederate military officers. Trump would have to decide if he wants to veto the measure.