President Trump threatened to veto a defense spending bill if it features a provision to take away the names of Confederate leaders from US military bases.
“I would. Yeah, I would,” he advised Chris Wallace throughout an interview on “Fox Information Sunday.”
However Wallace pressed him, saying the military is behind stripping the names.
“I don’t care what the military says. I’m purported to make the choice,” he mentioned. “Fort Bragg is a giant deal. We received two world wars — no one even is aware of Common Bragg. We received two world wars.”
“What are we going to rename it? You going to call it after the Reverend Al Sharpton? What are you going to call it, Chris?” he requested. “No, I’m not going to go altering them,” Trump added.
The Nationwide Defense Authorization Act units apart $1 million to vary the names of 10 bases named after Confederate troopers.
It additionally features a pay hike for members of the military that Trump mentioned they’d nonetheless get.
The president additionally defended the Confederate flag, which has come underneath renewed assault amid the protests over the killing of George Floyd on the finish of Could.
“When individuals proudly had their Confederate flags they’re not speaking about racism. They love their flag, it represents the South. They just like the South,” he advised Wallace. “I say it’s freedom of many issues, but it surely’s freedom of speech.”
NASCAR not too long ago mentioned it could ban the Confederate flag at its occasions and Mississippi voted to take away the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag.
He additionally weighed in on the Black Lives Matter motion.
“I’m not offended both by Black Lives Matter, that’s freedom of speech. You recognize the entire thing with cancel tradition — we are able to’t cancel our entire historical past. We are able to’t neglect that the North and the South fought.”