(AP) United States President Donald Trump lined up squarely with those who argued that pendulum has swung too far in favour of removing statues, historical monuments and other symbols of that flawed history of the USA, saying mistakes will be repeated if not learned from and understood.
President Donald Trump's election campaign also sees the divide over this latest cultural or racial clash as a way to boost the President's standing, which has suffered during his handling of COVID-19 pandemic and the protests over racial inequality that followed African-American George Floyd's death.
President Donald Trump promised executive action will be taken to protect the historical monuments after some statues of Confederates and other historical figures were angrily brought down from parks and other places of public prominence.
Mr President said he wants the toughest punishment available under USA federal law up to a decade in prison for those miscreants who destroy the historical statues on public property that commemorate anyone who served in the United States military. Trump said the executive order would reinforce existing law.
We are looking at long term jail sentence for those miscreants who vandalised the historical monuments and statues, Trump said, referring to protesters who have vented their anger over racial injustice by toppling historical statues of great figures tied to America's racist history.
Mr President spoke out after an attempt Monday night to bring down a statue of Andrew Jackson, one of the Donald Trump's favorite presidents, was foiled by police in the park across from the White House.
President Trump called it a sneak attack on the statue of Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and was ruthless in his treatment of native Americans.
We should learn from our history, he told Fox news in a taped interview broadcast Tuesday. And if you don't understand your history properly, you will go back to that history again.