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Trump: Robert E. Lee was a "great general, whether you like it or not"

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Trump told reporters outside the White House on Friday that Robert E. Lee was "a great general, whether you like it or not," continuing his praise for a Confederate figure whose statue was at the heart of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The big picture: Trump has long defended Confederate statues around the South, calling them part of "the history and culture of our great country" and comparing Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in a 2017 tweetstorm just after the events in Charlottesville.

Go deeper: Dozens of Confederate statues have been removed since the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally

56% say Trump has done "too little" to distance himself from white nationalists

Donald Trump.
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The majority (56%) of respondents in a Pew survey conducted this month said they think President Trump has done “too little” to distance himself from white nationalist groups.

The big picture: Trump’s track record on calling out murder and abuse at the hands of white nationalists has long been target of criticism, especially after he said there were "very fine people on both sides" of a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville that left 1 woman dead. A day after this month's mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Trump denied that white nationalism is a "rising threat," claiming that it's "a small group of people that have very, very serious problems."