Haas Director john a. powell said Thursday that President Donald Trump was siding with white supremacists in his remarks lamenting the removal of Confederate statues.

In a radio interview with KPFA’s Letters and Politics program, powell said: “I think what Trump is doing, pretty obviously, is aligning with the white supremacists and also giving them encouragement and cover.”

“The statues that he's talking about are all statues that celebrate and memorializes white supremacy and slavery,” he added.

powell’s interview came hours after Trump tweeted that it was “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.”

Listen to the entire interview on KPFA’s website, or on the YouTube video embedded below.