Trump chief of staff John Kelly calls Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee an 'honorable man'

Kelly also suggested that "a lack of compromise" caused the Civil War.

“I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man,” Kelly said in an interview on Fox News on Monday evening. “He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”

In August the University of Texas at Austin, for example, said it would remove statues of Lee and three other Confederate generals because they were erected during the period of segregation and “represent the subjugation of African-Americans.”