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After Being Asked, White House Deputy Press Secretary Gives Obama's Position on Confederate Flag

"The President has said before..."

EDGARTOWN, MA - AUGUST 22: Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes addresses the media
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White House deputy press security Eric Schultz offered President Barack Obama's view on the Confederate flag Friday, telling reporters the president believes it "belongs in a museum."

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The comment came as the mass shooting in Charleston renewed debate over whether or not it is appropriate for the Confederate flag to fly in public.

"There’s been a lot of conversation in the aftermath of the shooting in South Carolina about taking down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina State House," a reporter said. "I'm wondering if the President has an opinion on that."

"The President has said before that he believes the Confederate flag belongs in a museum," Schultz answered.

"And that’s still his position," he added.

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