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    Trump Says Removing Monuments, Statues in US "Sad"

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    US President Donald Trump criticized removal of numerous statues dedicated to leaders of the Confederacy.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the tearing down of monuments and statues throughout the United States is "sad," referring to the recent removal of numerous statues dedicated to leaders of the Confederacy.

    "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments," Trump stated in a message on Twitter.

    ​Trump said that one cannot change history, but can learn from it, and he once again warned that the country could decide next to take down statues of Presidents George Washington or Thomas Jefferson.

    ​Trump also stated that "the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!"

    On Saturday, white nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the authorities' plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The rally was met with counter-protests, including from the left wing movement AntiFa, which led to violent clashes and a car ramming attack. The attack left one person killed and at least 19 others injured.

    Trump initially said he condemned the violence, speaking about racism and bigotry on "many sides." On Monday, the US president clarified his statement, expressing clear condemnation of white supremacists and other hate groups. However, Trump's remarks on Tuesday appeared to backtrack from his statement the day earlier as he blamed "both sides" for the violence.


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