OCEAN CITY, Md. — Maryland’s popular Republican governor further distanced himself from President Trump on Thursday, saying that the president has not shown the kind of leadership the country needs following the deadly violence in Charlottesville.
“I thought he did a really bad job responding to it,” Gov. Larry Hogan said of Trump’s comments in recent days. “It wasn’t presidential.”
Trump tweeted on Thursday that it was “foolish” to remove from public grounds statues of historical figures who, for many, represent a legacy of slavery and racism. Removing Confederate statues, he argued, meant that the history and culture of the country was being “ripped apart.”