WASHINGTON, Va. - Many buildings and statues, representing the Confederacy, are being taken down or in the process of a name change, as the world continues to fight for racial inequalities.
President Donald Trump says he is ruling out changing the name of Army bases named for Confederate Army officers.
This comes two days after Defense Secretary Mark Esper indicated he is open to a discussion of such changes, which have been urged by prominent retired Army officers and others.
The issue has arisen periodically but is gaining new attention as the nation wrestles with questions of race after the death of George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis police.
In a series of tweets, Trump wrote, “My administration will not even consider” changing those Army base names.
It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2020
In his tweets Trump says America's history will not be tampered with and that we should respect the military.