Trump says Confederate flag proud symbol of U.S

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2020

US President Donald Trump declined to say the Confederate flag was an offensive symbol in an interview broadcast on Sunday, saying it is a source of pride for people who love the South. "Is the Confederate flag offensive?" "When people proudly had their Confederate flags they're not talking about racism".

In the interview, Trump said he doesn't "care what the military says" with regards to the matter, after Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said they're open to discussion on the topic. "It represents the South".

Why it matters: Trump has attacked organizations like NASCAR that have banned the Confederate flag, claiming it's an infringement on freedom of speech.

Former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell on Sunday told CBS News he supported the move.

Last week the Pentagon announced it will ban displays of the Confederate flag on military installations.

The comments by Trump come as a number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have voiced support for the inclusion of a provision to have the names of Confederate leaders removed from military bases in the National Defense Authorization Act.

He talked up Fort Bragg in particular and said, "Go to the community, say how do you like the idea of renaming Fort Bragg, and then what are we going to name it?" Trump's first threat of a veto was also met with apathy from many Republican politicians.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Trump told anchor Chris Wallace that renaming bases wouldn't go down well.

Trump also rejected "cancel culture" in forcing the remove of the Confederate flag. And for those young soldiers that go onto a base, a Fort Hood, or a Fort Bragg, or a fort wherever, named after a Confederate general- they can be reminded that- that general fought for an institution of slavery that may have enslaved one of their- one of their ancestors.

Host Wallace asked Trump about his stance against the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Trump has threatened to strike down, even though it's backed by Democrats and Republicans alike. He told Fox News, quote, "No, I'm not going to go changing".

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