Trump’s Interior Secretary Speaks Out About 9/11, Hurricane Irma, and Confederate Monuments [WATCH]

Retired Navy SEAL commander and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spoke to Fox News on Monday to address September 11th, Hurricane Irma, and Confederate memorials.

Secretary Zinke spoke to “Fox and Friends” about destruction from Hurricane Irma, stating that no area will be forgotten or left behind.

“Certainly, the President’s focus is leave no neighborhood behind,” Zinke remarked concerning destruction from both Irma and forest fires in the west.

Monday marked 16 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Secretary Zinke told “Fox and Friends” that the day is for reflection. Secretary Zinke and Vice President Pence are in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where they visited and spoke at the Flight 93 Memorial.

Flight 93 crashed in a field on September 11th, 2001, just outside of Shanksville after passengers revolted against the hijackers.

“Today is a memorial for the forty passengers,”Zinke said. We’re going to talk to the families… really a reflecting on how great this country is and the sacrifices we made and also talking about the change that 9/11 brought to all Americans.”

“Do you worry,” Fox’s Brian Kilmeade asked Zinke, “that 100 years from now, someone’s gonna try and take that memorial down like they’re trying to remake memorials today? Confederate memorials are currently being taken down throughout southern states, creating controversy as many local residents see their town memorials as a part of their history.

Zinke responded by saying that memorials can be learned from, and that and reflecting on our history, “good and bad,” is “part of our DNA.”

“Well, I’m one that believes we should learn from history,” Zinke told the Fox and Friends hosts:

And i think our monuments are part of our country’s history and we can learn from it. since we don’t put up statues of Jesus, everyone’s going to fall morally short. And, I think reflecting on our history, both good and bad, is a powerful statement and part of our DNA. So i’m an advocate of learning from our monuments, understanding the period they were made […] we live in a great country and monuments are not Republican or Democrat or Independent, monuments are a tribute to all of us.

The Daily Caller reports:

Memorials and monuments, whether confederate or not, should be left to educate Americans on the history of their country, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a Fox News interview Monday.

An August white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., renewed a national debate over the role southern Civil War memorials should play in American society. Answers have ranged from leaving them as testaments of America’s past, to abolishing them completely for the South’s role in slavery, according to NBC news.

Watch the Fox News interview with Secretary Zinke below:

As our country remembers the past, and honors the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Zinke’s words should mean something to those who are pushing to remove memorials from public spaces.

As he remarked, we should understand the period in which our memorials were made. We should acknowledge that they often fell short of moral perfection, just as we do today.

We can’t pretend that ignoring what we think is an offensive part of history will help us grow closer together.