Senator Cory Booker is introducing a bill to remove statues from the US Capitol building
Donald Trump has spoken out against the removal of "beautiful" Confederate monuments in the US.
The debate around the monuments & flags has become a significant source of tension in some US states in recent years.
Many activists claim the symbols honour people who supported slavery during the US Civil War, as well as centuries of political & social divisiveness.
Supporters of the monuments, meanwhile, argue that they symbolise Southern ideals.
The controversy has intensified in recent days, in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville which left one woman - 32-year-old Heather Heyer - dead.
Clashes broke out after white nationalist gathered to demonstrate against the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee and the renaming of two parks named after Lee & his fellow general Stonewall Jackson.
Those opposed to the monuments, meanwhile, have intensified their efforts to have them removed - with officials in Baltimore moving swiftly to have four controversial statues taken down overnight on Tuesday / Wednesday.
Protesters in Durham, North Carolina made headlines after tearing down a monument engraved with the phrase 'The Confederate States of America'.
Now, repeating and expanding on remarks made during his extraordinary press conference on Tuesday, President Trump has taken to Twitter to condemn the removals.
He suggested that 'beauty is being taken out of our cities' that will 'never be able to be comparably replaced'.
He argued: "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can't change history, but you can learn from it.
"Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson - who's next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!"
...the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Trump's comments came only hours after Democratic Senator Cory Booker indicated he would be introducing a bill to try and remove Confederate monuments from the US Capitol building in Washington DC.
According to CNN, each state in the US is allowed honour two of their most prominent residents in the Capitol - and "at least nine states have chosen to honor those with ties to the Confederacy".
I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. This is just one step. We have much work to do.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) August 17, 2017