An emblem of the Confederacy, the Mississippi state flag has been prominently displayed by some supporters of President Donald Trump during his presidency.
The state flag features a white shield with the words “In God We Trust” and the Confederate battle flag atop a blue field.
Trump, however, has long sought to distance himself from the flag.
This week, he and Vice President Mike Pence signed a resolution reaffirming that the Confederate flag is a “flag of hate.”
Mississippi’s governor said it was a “matter of principle” to remove the Confederate symbol from the state flag.
The decision was announced Monday by Gov.
He told reporters that he had made a decision based on a “decision of the people of Mississippi.”
The governor’s office said in a statement that the decision was made “on the basis of the best interests of the state and the citizens of Mississippi” and that the flag is “not the flag of the Confederate States of America.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he doesn’t have a problem with the flag, telling reporters last week, “I don’t have anything against it.
I think it’s a great flag.
I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Oh, it’s too big.’
I think a lot.
I’m a big fan.”