Donald Trump bemoans 'history and culture being ripped apart' in new statement

US president Donald Trump has waded back into the racially charged monument debate on Twitter, bemoaning "history and culture being ripped apart".

Local and state officials have renewed pushes to remove Confederate imagery from public property since the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally over the removal of a Robert E Lee statue.

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Earlier today, Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon was asked about the white supremacist movement, whose march on Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend led to deadly violence.

He dismissed them as "losers", ''a fringe element" and "a collection of clowns".

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