Trump Announces Creation of New National ‘Monument’

President Trump on Friday announced the creation of a National Garden of American Heroes to pay tribute to historically significant Americans — a garden that will include former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and baseball star Jackie Robinson among past presidents, anti-slavery advocates and others.

“I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past, I am signing an executive order to establish a National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park featuring statues of the greatest Americans to ever live,” he said in a fiery speech in front of Mount Rushmore Friday night.

The order says that the garden, to be opened before July 4, 2024 will “depict historically significant Americans… who have contributed positively to America throughout our history.”

It comes as a response to the anti-monument fervor that has gripped segments of the country, who have taken to either calling for the removal of, or simply attempting to tear down, monuments and statues of past American figures.

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