President Trump delivered a statement Monday afternoon on the weekend's bloody rallies in Charlottesville, Va. Watch:
This isn't the first time the president has spoken about Charlottesville. On Saturday, in brief remarks at a late-afternoon news conference in New Jersey to discuss veterans’ health care, Trump said he was following the events in Charlottesville closely.
“The hate and the division must stop and must stop right now,” Trump said then, without specifically mentioning white nationalists or their views. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”
Asked by a reporter in New Jersey whether he wanted the support of white nationalists, dozens of whom wore red Make America Great Again hats during the Charlottesville riots, Trump did not respond.
White House officials, under siege over Trump's reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the weekend rallies, tried to clarify his comments Sunday, as critics in both parties intensified demands that he adopt a stronger, more unifying message.
A statement Sunday – issued more than 36 hours after the protests began – condemned "white supremacists" for the violence that led to one death. It came in an email sent to reporters in the president's traveling press pool, and was attributed to an unnamed representative.