General Lee statues controversy: Trump drops plan for an advisory group on infrastructure

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General Lee statues controversy: Trump drops plan for an advisory group on infrastructure

United States president Trump is dropping plans to create an advisory group on infrastructure, a day after two other business panels were dissolved. The president has faced a backlash from business leaders over his remarks this week on white supremacists.

A White House official said the infrastructure council, which was still being formed, “will not move forward”. Trump signed an executive order last month to create the group as he looks to spend US$1 trillion on infrastructure.

He has made updating US roads, bridges and airports a key part of his legislative agenda. However, on Wednesday he was forced to disband two other White House business panels amid an exodus of chief executives.

Business leaders quit over Mr Trump’s response to a far-right rally in Virginia, which left a woman dead and dozens hurt. The rally, supported by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, was in protest of the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, a general who had fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump re-opened the heated debate by denouncing the removal of “beautiful” Confederate statues.

The decision to drop his infrastructure panel comes as the bosses of some of the biggest US companies have criticized Mr. Trump’s handling of far-right groups.

On Monday, Mr. Trump belatedly condemned the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups that rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday. But in a rancorous news conference on Tuesday he backtracked and again blamed left-wing counter-protesters for the violence too.

That prompted business leaders to quit his manufacturing and policy councils, and drew criticism from the bosses of firms including Apple and JP Morgan.

Mr. Trump had originally planned to draw members of the Advisory Council on Infrastructure from real estate, construction and other parts of the economy. At the start of the year he said he was planning the panel and named two well known New York property developers to lead it.

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7 Responses to "General Lee statues controversy: Trump drops plan for an advisory group on infrastructure"

  1. joetv  August 19, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Mr. Trump, draw your advisory board from labor unions. That will shock everyone to attention. Left, right and indifferent.

  2. Peter Johnson  August 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    If they are pulling down General Lee’s statues they should pull down Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson’s statues.

    Washington and Jefferson were large slaveowners. Lincoln was as much a racist as the other two but didnt own any slaves. He was however in favour of slavery until it became strategically sensible to oppose it for military reasons. He was also in favour of segregation and deportation. These are all facts that can be quickly verified.

  3. Tyndale  August 19, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Let’s have Soros send these SJWs to Rome and Athens I hear there are statues over there of white dudes.
    As for Robert E. Lee, he is a man of which Plutarch would have written in his character studies, along with Cirero, etc. North Carolina had a university professor that was a professional story teller. He told biographies throughout the state much like Plutarch. Edgar Allen Poe and Lee were two favorites. Lee’s character was shaped early as he raised his siblings and tended to his I’ll mother. He is the personification of the Good Shepherd and the soldier’s model for Duty. These qualities are detested by Jewish Banking Mafia. So on to Europe and let’s remove more white statues… Can we go to Asia after that and erase any indication that they were once separate from New York’s monoculture?

  4. Tyndale  August 19, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Ignorant press. Ok. Should we all just agree on what these bankers wars are for? Civil Wars was to free slaves. Afghanistan was so women could vote. Libya was because Momar wasn’t letting African males cruise into Europe. Iraq was because, well we knew they didn’t have WMDs, but we just did think the public would be behind our real motives… We had to get power tools out of the hands of Saddam’s henchmen.
    I repeat this article is MSM quality.

  5. wjabbe  August 19, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Quote from the article:
    “The rally, supported by neo-Nazis and white supremacists, was in protest of the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee, a general who had fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy during the US Civil War.” This statement is at best an incomplete description of General Lee, and at worse a totally misleading and false one. It is this constant brainwashing of the duped public, with adjectives “pro slavery” which has biased the ignorant public as if the bully North were saints in all this. This was about MONEY and how bully North imposed a 40% sales tax on the Confederate States in 1861. Imagine paying such a tax? The Confederacy VOTED to leave the Union which they had every right to do because the Union was not formed by the armed force of the point of a gun. General Lee reportedly graduated almost at the top of his class at West Point and was a genius level intelligence anyway comparable with any of the Founders. He observed how the Confederacy was being shafted by outlaw bullies in the North who ran the slave trade from the New York slave market and profited from it while demonizing the South. New York was built by black slave labor. Drunk Grant had slaves. Why only criticize the Confederacy in prejudiced articles like this? In fact this article provides no references for its false and/or misleading claims. Why not quote from this article? http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/06/war-over-slavery_rhetoric_is_i.html
    By Roger K. Broxton.

    • wjabbe  August 19, 2017 at 3:12 am

      By Roger K. Broxton of Andalusia, president of the Confederate Heritage Fund Quote:
      “Abraham Lincoln repeatedly stated his war was caused by taxes only, and not by slavery, at all.
      “My policy sought only to collect the Revenue (a 40 percent federal sales tax on imports to Southern States under the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861).” reads paragraph 5 of Lincoln’s First Message to the U.S. Congress, penned July 4, 1861.
      “I have no purpose, directly or in-directly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists.  I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so,”  Lincoln said it his first inaugural on March 4 of the same year.
      There is no proof of Lincoln ever declaring the war was fought to abolish slavery, and without such an official statement, the war-over-slavery teaching remains a complete lie and offensive hate speech that divides Americans, as is being done now by the media and politicians regarding the Confederate flag in South Carolina.
      Slavery was NOT abolished; just the name was changed to sharecropper with over 5 million Southern whites and 3 million Southern blacks working on land stolen by Wall Street bankers.
      White, black, Indian, Hispanic, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Confederates valiantly stood as one in thousands of battles on land and sea.  Afterwards, they attended Confederate Veterans’ reunions together and received pensions from Southern States.
      Photos of black Confederate veterans may be seen in…”

    • wjabbe  August 19, 2017 at 3:34 am

      Watch this hour long presentation by top investigative journalist Edward R. Murrow in his nearly last magnificent work “Harvest of Shame” in 1960, about one hundred years since the “election” of Dishonest Abe by about 39%, if you can dignify this tiny minority with the adjective “election”. This moving presentation describes the plight of the migrant workers after slavery was outlawed. Watch how the are treated worse than animals by the criminals in this country, not just in the South, but throughout the land, treating these poor people and children worse than garbage. Could the slaves of a century earlier have been treated any worse? How about today another 57 years later, has anything changed yet?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTVF_dya7E
      Today we are all virtual slaves to an outlaw tyrannical government where we are forced to work about half our lives to pay for outlaws running around the planet killing innocent children and civilians in endless illegal wars just like they learned to do in the totally illegal and unconstitutional Civil War about 150 years ago! Some things never change in the cesspool we call home. By the way, do not blame Trump for this human obscenity in America; it was created long before he was born. By the way the South had zero representation in DC during the illegal civil war years where their lands were raped and plundered by war criminals drunk Grant and psychopath Sherman under the direction of the other war criminal Abraham Lincoln.

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