Donald Trump slammed for 'weak' response to Charlottesville attack

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13 August, 2017

"I wouldn't have recommended that statement", Scaramucci said of Trump's words on Saturday from Bedminster, New Jersey.

Three people died Saturday in Charlottesville ― a 32-year-old woman was killed when a auto plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters, and two Virginia state troopers on duty perished when their helicopter crashed on the city's outskirts.

Another senior administration official, though, suggested that the president's omission had not been accidental.

"The President not only condemned the violence, and stood up at a time and a moment when calm was necessary, and didn't dignify the names of these groups of people, but rather addressed the fundamental issue", Bossert said on CNN's "State of the Union". "This is about a level of violence and hatred that could not be tolerated in this country".

There were among several slaps against the president lodged by those in Trump's own party, including Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who noted that "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home". Video on social media and Reuters photographs showed the vehicle hit a large group of counter-protesters who gathered to confront the white supremacists, sending some flying into the air. Trump's Achilles heel seems to be the inability to acknowledge the monster of white supremacy.

"The president's been very clear", McMaster said. "We can not allow a group of cowards instill fear in our communities".

Scaramucci is still a supporter of Trump's, saying that the president "can be a tough coach at times" but "this guy's a victor".

And Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a Republican, said on Twitter that "White supremacists, Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites are the antithesis of our American values. I know he does".

Addressing worshipers at the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, a few blocks from where the clashes took place Saturday, McAuliffe did not mention Trump by name, but he blamed "political rhetoric" for "breeding bigotry".

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says President Trump should have come out harder against white supremacy after Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally last month, where they were met by hundreds of counterprotesters.

The weekend debacle in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists gathering under a racist umbrella to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a public park sparked clashes, violence and death, is another alarming sign that American society is in danger of splitting apart at the seams. Trump has publicly made no such suggestion, although the Justice Department said late Saturday that it was opening a civil rights investigation. "This movement has run its course".

Scaramucci also bashed the influence of Bannon, the former Breitbart News executive.

"There's an old saying, when you dance with the devil, the devil changes you", Signer said, referring to the messaging that marked Trump's presidential bid.

Asked whether Bannon did so, he replied that everyone working in the White House "should be motivated by that goal".

A white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that was marked by violent clashes with demonstrators counterprotesting the event took a deadly turn yesterday when a speeding auto plowed into a crowd and a helicopter crashed, leaving at least three people dead and dozens injured.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Singer also called it terrorism on NBC's "Meet the Press", and laid blame on Trump for "intentional courting" of right-wing extremist groups and then failing to "put to bed all those different efforts".

Republican allies advised Trump to actively repudiate white supremacists who describe themselves as his supporters. Sen.

Graham said President Trump "missed an opportunity to be very explicit here".


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