Trump de­fends his Char­lottesville com­ments

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day stood by his be­lief that both sides were to blame for vi­o­lence be­tween white su­prem­a­cists and coun­ter­protesters in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia last month.

Trump had drawn crit­i­cism for not ini­tially con­demn­ing white su­prem­a­cists who or­gan­ised the event on Au­gust 12, with even some of his fel­low Repub­li­cans ex­press­ing dis­may at his opinion.

Trump spoke to re­porters aboard Air Force One a day af­ter a meet­ing with South Carolina Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Tim Scott, an AfricanAmer­i­can who had ex­pressed con­cern about Trump's com­ments.

"We had a great talk yes­ter­day," he said of his meet­ing with Scott.

"I think es­pe­cially in the light of the ad­vent of an­tifa, if you look at what’s go­ing on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And es­sen­tially that's what I said."


Trump said anti-fas­cist groups known as ‘an­tifa’ must share blame for neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan fight­ing with anti-racism pro­test­ers in the streets. One woman was killed when a sus­pected white na­tion­al­ist crashed his car into demon­stra­tors.

On Thurs­day, the pres­i­dent also signed a res­o­lu­tion sent to him by Congress that con­demned the vi­o­lence in Char­lottesville and op­posed "ha­tred, big­otry and racism in all forms."

"No mat­ter the colour of our skin or our eth­nic her­itage, we all live un­der the same laws, we all salute the same great flag and we are all made by the same almighty God," Trump said in a state­ment re­gard­ing the res­o­lu­tion.

In Berkeley, Cal­i­for­nia, vi­o­lence erupted on Au­gust 27, when a small group of masked an­tifa and left-wing pro­tes­tors at­tacked rightwing demon­stra­tors.

"Now, be­cause of what’s hap­pened since then with an­tifa, you look at re­ally what’s hap­pened since Char­lottesville. A lot of peo­ple are say­ing, in fact, a lot of peo­ple have ac­tu­ally writ­ten, ‘Gee, Trump might have a point’,” he said.

DEFENS HIS COM­MENTS: USA Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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