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Sunday, 13 August 2017 11:32

White House doubles down on Trump's Charlottesville comments, ignores calls to directly confront white supremacy

Written by  Jenna Johnson

Speaking from his resort in Bedminster, N.J., President Trump said, "The hate and division must stop. And must stop now." (The Washington Post)

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Two of President Trump's top advisers on Sunday defended his decision not to specifically call out and condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who gathered in Charlottesville this weekend and violently clashed with those who opposed their message.

In interviews on Sunday morning news shows, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and homeland security adviser Tom Bossert echoed the vague comments that the president made in a statement at his private golf club in New Jersey on Saturday, signaling that Trump does not plan to heed calls from fellow Republicans to bluntly confront and condemn white supremacy.

“What the president did is he called out anyone, anyone who is responsible for fomenting this kind of bigotry, hatred, racism and violence,” McMaster said on ABC's “This Week” on Sunday morning. “I think the president was very clear on that.”

When asked whether this was an act of domestic terrorism, McMaster said, “Anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism.”

[Trump condemns Charlottesville violence but doesn’t single out white nationalists]

On CNN, Bossert repeatedly praised the president for not naming the groups that were involved and instead focusing on an overarching call for Americans to love one another.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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