Donald Trump was reportedly angry at Secretary of Defense Mark Osho’s decision to stop hoisting the Confederate flag at US military bases, according to anonymous sources who claimed his reaction.
Spoke to sources Cnn And the president said – who has not publicly condemned the use of the Confederate flag – that Mr. Trump was angered by Mr. O’Far’s move.
A White House official told Cnn It was told that his story was wrong.
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The source said, “Your story is wrong. When the matter was raised with the President, he was not angry.”
Asked if he felt the flag was an offensive symbol Fox News Interviewed last Sunday, Mr. Trump defended its use as a symbol of Southern pride.
“It depends who you’re talking about, when you’re talking,” Mr. Trump said. “When people were proudly talking about their Confederate flag, they are not talking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South. They like the South… I say it’s freedom of many things, but it’s freedom of expression. ”
The flag, often referred to as the “Confederate flag” – although not the official flag of the Confederacy – was the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, the main military force of the Confederacy. It is unbreakable for America’s civil war.
Former Republican Secretary of Defense Colin Powell said the flag does not represent the US or the Americans and should be left to history.
“It was the Confederate States of America. They were not part of us and this is not the time to demonstrate who they were and what they were back then,” Mr. Powell said. “It’s time to move on. Let’s go. We have one flag and only one flag.”
Mr. Trump threatened to veto a $ 740 billion National Defense Authority bill that included a requirement that all references to the Confederacy or its generals be removed from military bases. Mr. Trump’s threat to the veto was a direct response to the requirement.
The Trump administration called the requirement “part of a continuing effort to erase from the nation’s history those who do not meet an ever-shifting standard of conduct.”
Still, the House passed legislation with a veto-proof majority and the Senate on Thursday passed legislation with a count of 86 to 14, which would override Mr. Trump’s presidential veto.
Under the new law, bases named after Confederate generals will be renamed by a commission in the next three years.
Mr. Trump claimed on Twitter on Thursday that he spoke to Senator Jim Inhoef, chairman of the Senate Armed Services, and the senator claimed that “he will not change the names of our great military affairs.”
In 2015 – two days after Mr. Trump announced the presidency in the wake of the shooting of Dylann Roof’s racist mass in a historically black church – Mr. Trump said the Confederate flag should be resigned from history.
“I think they should put it in the museum and let it go,” Mr. Trump said in response to a question about South Carolina flying the flag at his state capitol.
Since then, Mr. Trump has grown defensively towards Confederate iconography and its defenders.
He said there were “very thin people” on both sides of the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, where protesters clashed with white nationalists who were defending a Confederate statue. One of the guards, Heather Heyer, was killed in the incident when one of the attendees hit her in the car in March.
In the wake of George Floyd’s protests, protesters tore down several statues honoring Confederacy, prompting Mr. Trump to issue an executive order that lists statues, memorials and memorials jailed by the federal government for up to 10 years Punish those who destroy.
Since the order was passed, guidance within the Department of Homeland Security has prioritized the safety of monuments and considers protesters who threaten them as national security threats.