The President called the demonstration of the flag, which many see as a symbol of slavery, a manifestation of freedom of speech.

US President Donald Trump, in an interview aired on Sunday, did not say that the Confederate flag is an offensive symbol. According to Trump, this flag is a source of pride for people who love the South of the United States.

In an interview with Fox News, the President was asked if he found the flag, which most Americans see as a symbol of slavery and oppression, offensive.

“It depends on who you’re talking about,” Trump replied. ” When people proudly displayed Confederate flags, they didn’t mean racism. They love their flag. It symbolizes South [USA]. They love the South. I would say that this is a manifestation of a variety of freedoms, and this is freedom of speech.”

In the past, Trump has shown sympathy for the flag and symbols of the Confederacy in the American Civil war of 1861-1865. In 2017, he denounced the demolition of Confederate monuments, placing blame on “both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia, after protests against the destruction of a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Earlier this month, the President denounced the NASCAR racing Association’s ban on displaying the Confederate flag at its events.

At odds with several fellow Republicans, Trump promised to veto the annual national defense appropriations bill if it included an amendment to rename military bases named after Confederate generals.

“We have won world wars by leaving these military bases, and I am not going to change my position. I’m not going to,” Trump said in an interview recorded on Friday.