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Trump: 'Foolish' to remove Civil War statues, America's culture being 'ripped apart'

Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia
Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to express disappointment in the removal of Civil War monuments and statues in American cities. 

The President tweeted: 

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's bronze statue in Charlottesville was at the center of violent clashes last weekend between white supremacists -- who converged on a park once bearing Lee's name to oppose a plan to remove the statue -- and counterprotesters.

The Charlottesville City Council had earlier voted to rechristen two parks named for Confederate generals and remove Lee's statue from the park once known as Lee Park. A few months ago, the park was renamed Emancipation Park. The statue's removal is on hold pending litigation.

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