Trump takes to Twitter to defend Confederate statues


A fresh debate over Confederate symbols has roiled the USA since Saturday's violence during a protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, against the removal of a Lee statue in which one woman died.

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our handsome statues and monuments. You.

Earlier this week authorities in Baltimore whisked away four controversial statues honouring Gen Lee, his fellow Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Roger Taney, author of a supreme court opinion saying African-Americans could not be considered full United States citizens.

Trump has been engulfed in controversy, strongly rebuked by members of his own Republican Party and snubbed by a string of American business leaders, over his reaction to the unrest in Charlottesville on Saturday.

"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. A woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his vehicle into the counter-protesters.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said Thursday by phone that "President Trump is making open wounds even worse, further dividing Americans rather than bringing them together and healing the country".

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"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".

When asked how much Trump's handling of issues on race matter to them, 64 percent said a lot. "The people of SC will remember!"

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer will on Friday make an announcement about the statue, public safety at future events, and the legacy of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed. "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake", Trump tweeted.

Graham responded with a statement telling the president to fix what he done.

That is not something Trump so far has done.