The Independent reports:
Donald Trump, who in recent weeks has stirred racial tensions, says he has no plans to visit the late Congressman John Lewis as the civil rights icon lies in state at the US Capitol. “No I won’t be going,” the president said. “No.”
The president delivered the news as he left the White House for a trip to North Carolina. As he took reporters’ questions, Mr Lewis’ casket had just arrived at the Capitol, where a military honour guard carried his American-flag draped casket up the white stairs and into the rotunda.
Gathered were lawmakers from both parties and Mr Lewis’ family. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Mr Trump’s presumptive general election foe and a former US senator, also is expected to pay his respects.
Asked if he planned to pay his respects to late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis at the U.S. Capitol
Trump: “No, I won’t be going."
Nazis aren't welcome anyway.pic.twitter.com/aRBLpaokWU
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