Trump shoots down renaming Army posts named for Confederate leaders

President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 14, 2019. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

WASHINGTON D.C., Jun 11, 2020, CBS News. President Trump on Wednesday poured cold water on the possibility of renaming Army installations named for Confederate leaders, one day after an Army spokesperson said top Pentagon officials were open to discussions about doing so, CBS News reported.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said the 10 Army posts bearing the names of Confederate generals “have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom.”

“My Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations,” the president said. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with.”

Mr. Trump’s statement was printed and distributed to reporters at the White House during Wednesday’s briefing and read by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany from the podium.

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