Meanwhile, Mr. Trump addressed the issue of taking down the monuments, tweeting Thursday morning, "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our attractive statues and monuments".
The House Minority Leader added "There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country".
President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the removal of Confederate monuments in the United States, saying that "beauty" is "being taken out of our cities". "Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson?"
Nancy Pelosi of California, has voiced support for removing Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building in response to a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Speaking of the Confederates memorialized by the statues, Armstrong, who is black, said: "I mean, they seceded from the Union".
Pelosi also wrote in her statement that with Democrats leading Congress, "we have recognized more women and people of color. including Rosa Parks", a statue of that currently stands where a statue of Robert E. Lee - now in the crypt - once stood.
A top Texas Republican wants the accuracy of memorials around the state Capitol reviewed amid calls to remove Confederate monuments.
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The nationwide debate over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy is coming to the U.S. Capitol.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, told a local radio station that what statues are included in the Capitol should face more discussion but did not endorse a plan that removes Confederate statues. "I think it would be unpatriotic to keep it".
A spokeswoman for Kaine, Sarah Peck, said the senator "also believes the Senate needs to work to combat hate crimes and address the fundamental inequities in our society that have left African-Americans and families of color in this country with far less wealth, higher unemployment rates, fewer opportunities and less protection under the law". While numerous monuments came hand-in-hand with Jim Crow enforcement, they are still "historically significant and essential to understanding a critical period of our nation's history".
Pelosi understands that it's not easy to remove a statue.
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A security source, however, said immunity had been granted. "There are all sorts of delaying tactics that are being considered". It is understood that fears of isolation in the region and on the continent have forced officials into a hard position.
Johnson, D-Dallas, contends that kind of review could take years and said previous efforts, including one following the racially-motivated mass shooting in Charleston, resulted with no meetings ever taking place.