A city council in Minnesota voted Monday to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance after its ban sparked a national outcry, including criticism from President Donald Trump.
The St. Louis Park City Council voted 7-0 to again recite the pledge before its bimonthly meetings after voting on June 17 to abolish the practice, a move which drew local protests and the attention of national media outlets, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Council members made it clear that their vote was intended to quell controversy as much as anything.
“I’m genuinely concerned about the safety and the productivity of our city staff and our residents, and that is why I am making this motion,” said council member Thom Miller. “To be clear, I fully agree with the change that we made in June to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance from our standard meeting agendas.”
St. Louis Park is located in Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s congressional district.