President Trump Creates First National Monument as President

Trump designated his first national monument as president, Camp Nelson in Kentucky, honoring African American troops. Do you think this was a political pawn ahead of the tight election in Kentucky?

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According to The Hill, President Trump created a national monument in Kentucky to protect a Civil War camp honoring African American troops. This is his first national monument as president.

Camp Nelson, in central Kentucky’s Nicholasville, was a supply depot and hospital for the Union Army in the 1860s. It later served as a large recruiting center for African-American troops and a refuge for freed slaves.

This is the first time since Trump has become president that he has exercised his power to create a new monument under the Antiquities Act. The Antiquities Act, according to the Hill, gives presidents nearly “limitless” power to protect federal land from harm or development.

“Today, the site is one of the best-preserved landscapes and archeological sites associated with United States Colored Troops recruitment and the refugee experiences of African American slaves seeking freedom during the Civil War,” Trump wrote. “Camp Nelson reminds us of the courage and determination possessed by formerly enslaved African Americans as they fought for their freedom.”

Trump claimed Obama abused the Antiquities Act, using it to protect more land and water than any other president.

“These abuses of the Antiquities Act give enormous power to faraway bureaucrats at the expense of the people who actually live here, work here, and make this place their home,” Trump explained. “The results have been very sad and very predictable.”

Camp Nelson is fairly small compared to some of the monuments Obama designated.

Rep. Andy Barr, representor of the district that includes Camp Nelson, is running a tight race against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. According to the Hill, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose National Park Service will manage the new monument, is traveling Saturday to celebrate the site with Barr.

Do you think this will help with Barr’s campaign? Read more about this story on The Hill here.


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Trump designated his first national monument as president, Camp Nelson in Kentucky, honoring African American troops. Do you think this was a political pawn ahead of the tight election in Kentucky?

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