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White House won't say if Trump backs NASCAR ban on Confederate Flag

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Hours after President Donald Trump went on Twitter and suggested NASACAR had made the wrong decision to ban people from flying the Confederate flag at its races, the White House maintained to reporters that the President had no opinion on whether the race car organization made the right decision.

"He was not making a judgment one way or the other," said White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who faced a series of Confederate flag questions prompted by the President's morning tweet.

"I said from the very top of this briefing that he has not given an opinion one way or the other on that," as McEnany quickly tired of reporters pressing for clarification on the Confederate flag and NASCAR.

"I'm not going to answer a question a sixth time," McEnany said at one point.

In his tweet, the President pressed Bubba Wallace to apologize over an incident where a rope - seemingly shaped like a noose - was found in his raceway garage.

Wallace, who is the only black driver at the top level of NASCAR, refused to get into a back and forth with the President on Twitter.

"Last thing, always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE!" Wallace said in a statement on Twitter.

"Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate," Wallace continued. "Even when it's HATE from the POTUS."

NASCAR also backed their driver.

"NASCAR continues to stand tall with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans," the auto racing group stated.

The dustup over the President's tweet obscured a different message from the White House Briefing on Monday, as McEnany chastised reporters for not asking about shootings in cities like New York and Chicago.

"I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag," McEnany said. "I didn't receive one question on the deaths that we got in this country this weekend."

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