President Trump will be giving a speech on Monday night about the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan and is expected to announce a modest troop increase in a volatile country where the Afghan government and military control less than 60 percent of the rugged terrain which remains fertile ground for the Taliban and other Islamist groups to gain a stronger foothold.
President Trump tweeted a message of support for protestors in Boston on Saturday, one full week after the violence occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia which stirred up strong feelings about race and America’s dark history with slavery and the Confederacy.
After sending ambiguous messages over the past week concerning the violence in Charlottesville and facing widespread criticism over his muddled response, President Trump claimed in a new tweet on Saturday that he wants to applaud the protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate.
“I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” Trump tweeted.
I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) said on CBS’s Face the Nation aired on Sunday that President Trump’s press conference comments on Tuesday from Trump Tower in which he blamed equally the “many sides” in Charlottesville had erased the president’s positive comments he made on Monday and compromised the moral authority he needs to be the beacon of light to all mankind.
“What he said on Tuesday was just really challenging. What the president should do before he says something is sit down and become better acquainted, have a personal connection to the painful history of racism and bigotry of this country” Sen. Scott said.
Asked if President Trump should have denounced the political support from racist groups such as white supremacists, Sen. Scott said that the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and they believe that all men and women are equally created in the image of God.
Sen. Scott said that it should be assumed by default “that we reject the support of those who do not support the theory, the notion, the fact, that all men are created equally” and we must all reject hatred, racism, and bigotry in such a clear and unambiguous way that there leaves no doubt, period.
Sen. Scott admitted that at this point it’s not about what the president says next, it’s what he does.
He explained that we are in a very critical and sensitive time in this nation and suggested the president needs to hear something from folks who have gone through this painful history.
“Without that personal connection to the painful past, it will be hard for him to regain that moral authority from my perspective” Sen. Scott said.
Another southern U.S. politician, Sen. Tim Kaine (D- Virginia), who ran for vice president alongside Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation and said that it was “outrageous” that President Trump suggested that there was some moral equivalence in Charlottesville.
Sen. Kaine pointed out that President Trump was quick to call the Somali man driving his car into a crowd at Ohio State terrorism or call last week’s car attack of innocent victims in Barcelona, Spain terrorism and yet he was unable to do so following the car attack last week in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer and injured several others.
“But when this white supremacist drives a car into a crowd of people, killing Heather Heyer and injuring scores more, and the president says there’s fine people on both sides, or there’s violence on both sides, why is he so confused and unclear and unwilling to call out the violent white supremacy that was on such gruesome display in my home state?” Sen. Kaine asked.
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