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Shutting Up the President? US Congressional Black Caucus Asks Trump to Be Quiet on John Lewis' Death

© REUTERS / Aaron BernsteinRep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks at a news conference about the recent shooting in Las Vegas outside the Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2017
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks at a news conference about the recent shooting in Las Vegas outside the Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Legendary civil rights advocate and seasoned US Congressman John Lewis died on Friday night at the age of 80. Both Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and GOP President Donald Trump ordered that flags be flown at half-mast in memory of the lawmaker, but it seems that POTUS has now been denied the right to comment on the tragedy.

The head of the Congressional Black Caucus, Democrat Karen Bass, has called on President Donald Trump to limit his commemoration of civil rights leader and House Democrat John Lewis to a White House statement and not make any additional personal comments, suggesting that POTUS might somehow prevent the American people from honouring the late congressman.

"[President Trump,] while the nation mourns the passing of a national hero, please say nothing. Please don’t comment on the life of Congressman Lewis. Your press secretary released a statement, leave it at that. Please let us mourn in peace", Bass said via Twitter.

POTUS, who long remained silent on the matter, eventually posted a tweet extending his and First Lady Melania Trump's condolences to Lewis' family, despite the fact that the two had a somewhat bitter relationship in the past.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., poses for a photograph under a quote of his that is displayed in the Civil Rights Room in the Nashville Public Library Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.  - Sputnik International
US Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Dies at 80

Lewis namely suggested that Trump is not a "legitimate president", while POTUS advised the congressman to focus on his "horrible" district, which, as the president argued, was "falling apart".

John Lewis has gone down in history for his years of civil rights advocacy, including taking part in the Selma to Montgomery marches for equal voting rights for African-Americans, as well as for spending 17 terms in the US House of Representatives.

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