Powell said he supports push to rename Army bases named after Confederate leaders

Powell said he supports push to rename Army bases named after Confederate leaders
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Former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief Trump participates in swearing-in of first African American service chief MORE, a four-star general who served under former President George W. Bush, said Sunday he supports the push to rename Army bases named after Confederate leaders. 

“I would rename the bases. We really hadn’t that about it a few years ago, now with Black Lives Matter and all the issues that are before us I think it's a good idea to rename the 10 bases in the U.S. Army that are named after Confederates,” Powell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

Powell said he did his training at Fort Benning in Georgia, named after a Confederate figure, and it never struck him to consider renaming the base or the others, but he said he supports Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley’s comments that the military should consider renaming the bases. 

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“I fully support what Gen. Milley is doing. I hope he doesn't get any difficulty with it with the rest of the administration, but I think this is something we should do and we should do it as quickly as we can,” Powell added. 

Last week Milley said young African American soldiers at Army bases named after Confederates “can be reminded that that general fought for an institution of slavery that may have enslaved one of their ancestors.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE on Sunday said he “might” veto a defense spending bill because it includes a provision to remove the names of Confederate leaders from Army bases. 

“I might,” Trump told Fox News's Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceOvernight Defense: Appeals court rules male-only draft is constitutional | Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' post-election debate Chris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' debate over potential military involvement in any post-election dispute MORE during an interview that aired Sunday morning. “Yeah, I might.”