Trump rails against the removal of 'beautiful statues'

After the hate attacks in Charlottesville, Trump mourned the removal of Confederate statues and monuments.
3:27 | 08/17/17

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President trump this even, condemning the terror attack offering to do whatever is necessary to help. While here it a em ho, there is new fallout after charlottesville. Members of iz had own party, one of them saying he has not demonstrated stability or comp ten, calling for, quote, radical changes at the white house. Here's ABC's senior white house correspondent, Cecilia Vega tonight. Reporter: President trump under mounting fire for his leadership in the wake of charlottesville, waiting 48 hours to condemn the white supremacist groups by name, and then defending some of people who marched with torches. You had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were fine people on both sides. Reporter: Today, he did not back down, taking to Twitter to mourn the loss of confederate statues. "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it, so foolish!" So, this week it's Robert E. Lee, I notice that stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? Is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You have to ask yourself, where does it stop? Reporter: It's not the first time president trump has shown affection for confederate generals. In 20 and 13, he lavished praise on Robert E. Lee. In the old days we had generals like Patton and Robert E. Lee. And we had some great ones. General Douglass Mcarthur grant. They must be just spinning in their graves when they see what happened. Reporter: But around the country scenes like this, confederate monuments coming down. In Durham, North Carolina, protesters tore down one statue. In the dead of night in Baltimore, construction crews hauled away four others and now in Washington, a debate raging over the future of 12 statues of confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis on prominent display inside the U.S. Capitol. This as the president's words alarm many top Republicans. Sources close to senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell describe him as "Very concerned and very upset." Mcconnell's office denies that, but in Tennessee, Republican Bob corker delivered a stinging rebuke to the president. He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation. Reporter: Corker calling for "Radical change" in the trump white house, saying without it, the nation will go through "Great peril" telling the president to stop focusing on himself and think about the American people. I think our president needs to take stock of the role that he plays in our nation and move beyond himself. Move way beyond himself. Reporter: And today, the senate's only African-American Republican Tim Scott, echoing that call. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. That moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happens. There's no question about that. And Cecilia Vega with us live tonight from Bridgewater, new Jersey, and Cecilia, after a greing number of CEOs bailed on the president, pointing to his leadership on charlottesville, two of the president's business councils then disbanded and you have learned of another council shut down? Reporter: David, this is the president's advisory council on infrastructure. The white house saying today, it will not move forward, and frankly, this is a group that hadn't even really gotten off the ground. You mentioned it. This comes after the leaders from those other big companies like under Armour and campbells. Potentially another big blow to the president's agenda here. Cecilia Vega with us again tonight. Thank you as always.

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