Cedric Richmond

White House backs Kelly on Confederate monuments

The White House is backing chief of staff John Kelly's defense of Confederate monuments and his assertion that the Civil War was caused by a failure to compromise.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Tuesday that Kelly's calling Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee "an honorable man" was an attempt to point out that "history isn't perfect."

Sanders cited historian Shelby Foote to back up Kelly's claim that the "lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War."

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., criticized Kelly, saying he "needs a history lesson" for minimizing the role of...

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