On Wednesday, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, opposed any effort by the United States military to rename around one dozen major bases as well as installations that bear the Confederate military commanders’ names. According to an army official, Mark Esper, the Defense Secretary, and Ryan McCarthy, the U.S. Army Secretary said to open to holding a bipartite conversation about renaming almost a dozen notable bases and installations that bear the Confederate military commanders’ names.
President Trump said he opposes any effort by the US military to rename the nearly one dozen major bases and installations that bear the names of Confederate military commanders https://t.co/OsbnjRnc7a
— CNN (@CNN) June 10, 2020
However, Trump tweeted yesterday that these Monumental and influential Bases became a part of a Great American Heritage and a history of Victory, Winning, and Freedom. The U.S. trained and deployed the American heroes on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Thus, his administration will not even consider the renaming of these fabled and glorious military installations.
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
U.S. Army installations named after allied leaders such as Fort Hood in Texas, Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Army bases all over the country continued to bear the Confederate military commanders’ names even due to the intense external pressure to rename them. Peaceful protests and clashes demanded justice for the death of George Floyd under police custody and reckoning with racial discrimination of police while treating Americans.
Esper and McCarthy are “open to a bipartisan discussion on the matter.
Previously, the army official expressed that though McCarthy believes that he has the possible authority to rename the installations individually, there would require to be consultation with the Congress, White House, and local governments. In a statement, the army confirmed on Monday that Esper and McCarthy allowed a bipartisan dialogue on the matter but added that each army installation named for a soldier who holds an important place in the U.S. military history.
The statement said that thus the historic military names represent individuals, not ideologies or causes. An official of defense told CNN that General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, completely supports the dialogues and the efforts of Secretary McCarthy, as the constitutional authority, to explore the matter.