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Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump Struggles With Presidential Duties as Uniter-in-Chief

Trump Struggles With Presidential Duties as Uniter-in-Chief

J. /WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has on Thursday decried the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions.

Following his press conference on Tuesday where he actually made a decision to defend white supremacists and neo-Nazis following the horrifying violence in Charlottesville, he's proving just how ignorant he is with a new Twitter rant!

"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side who was also very violent", Trump also said.

Sen. Tim Scott of SC said Trump's "moral authority is compromised".

After Trump blasted Graham on Twitter, the senator who was one of Trump's rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination fired back.

Trump continued, invoking names of Confederate heroes Robert Lee and Stonewall Jackson, whose monuments and memorials are being removed in many USA cities and states that have rejected racist white hypernationalism.

Trump in a Thursday tweet called them "our handsome statues and monuments" and said "you can't change history, but you can learn from it". That comes as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee is trolling his Republican National Committee counterpart, asking her to hold Trump accountable or risk becoming the party "that surrendered to a man who empowered neo-Nazis".

Police arrested James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, accusing him of ramming his auto into a crowd of protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, a Charlottesville paralegal, and injuring 19 people. An official said Cohn "intends to remain in his position" as National Economic Council director at the White House.

Trump's unpredictable, defiant and, critics claim, racially provocative behavior has clearly begun to wear on his Republican allies. "History is watching us all", Graham tweeted. The harsh language that turned off those who voted against him past year hasn't abated during his seven months in the White House, part of the reason his approval rating is locked in the 30s.

Although Trump condemned the murder and expressed admiration for the liberal activist, the rest of his remarks and arguments are widely seen as being sympathetic to the all-white, alt-right cause - which also constitutes his primary voting base.

"I'm not talking to the president now", she said Friday.

The poll started before the president's news conference Tuesday and ended two nights after it.

"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".

In a separate tweet, Trump called Flake "WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate". Now Democrats want the president removed from office for the offense. U.S. Senator Cory Booker, also a Democrat, said he would introduce legislation so that could be done.

Cohen took issue with those words, writing, "There are no good Nazis".

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