White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday declined to say if President Donald Trump is pleased about the outcome of the U.S. Civil War.
At a White House briefing, one reporter asked about Trump’s position on the Civil War after he recently tweeted a “white power” video and threatened to prosecute protesters who vandalized Confederate-era statues.
“There’s a national conversation going on right now about the proper place of the symbols of the Confederacy,” the reporter explained. “The president has repeatedly inserted himself into this debate. And I think a lot of people are trying to understand what his view of memorializing the Confederacy is.”
“Does President Trump believe that it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War?” the reporter asked. “And is he interested in following NASCAR’s example and banning the Confederate flag at his own events?”
“Well, your first question is absolutely absurd,” McEnany replied without providing a direct answer. “He’s proud of the United States of America.”
As for banning the Confederate flag at Trump events, the White House press secretary said that it would be a matter for his campaign to decide.
“Those tearing down statues will punished to the fullest extent of the law,” McEnany added. “He will not stand for lawlessness and chaos. He stands with the 71 percent of Americans who say there is no place for tearing down statues as these anarchists are doing across the nation.”
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‘That’s Peter Navarro’: Trump excuses trade adviser’s op-ed smearing Dr. Fauci as ‘wrong about everything’
President Donald Trump on Wednesday waived off concerns about an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro which took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States.
In a Tuesday USA Today op-ed, Navarro accused Fauci of being "wrong about everything."
The White House later suggested that Navarro had gone rogue by publishing an unapproved column.
But on Wednesday, Trump declined to admonish his trade adviser.
‘We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem’: Lindsey Graham defends top scientist after White House smears
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week defended the federal government's top infectious disease expert after President Donald Trump and the White House put out statements defaming him.
At a press event on Tuesday, Graham was asked about the attempts to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The Republican senator praised Fauci as "one of the smartest people I know."
"Has he been right all the time? No," Graham said. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem. We need to be focusing on doing things to get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci."
‘Excessive force’: Video catches five NJ cops wrestling Black man to ground over open beer
Five New Jersey police officers are being accused of using excessive force after they were seen wrestling a Black man to the ground for allegedly having a open beer at a beach.
Video of the incident, which was said to have occurred at Point Pleasant, was shared on social media.
In the video, at least five officers can be seen forcing a man to the ground.
A witness later explained that the officers could have issued the man a ticket instead of arresting him.
"We watched 5 cops surround one man," the witness wrote in an Instagram post. "They stopped him for publicly drinking. One had a ticket book out & I couldn't understand why they wouldn't write him a ticket and send him on his way."