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Sunday, 13 August 2017 14:03

White House: Trump's condemnation includes 'white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups'

Written by  Jenna Johnson

Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer (D) and White House officials on Aug. 13 commented on President Trump's reaction the day before to the violence in Charlottesville. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The White House said in a statement Sunday that when President Trump condemned “all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred” that were on display in Charlottesville this weekend “of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups.

The White House’s clarification stopped far short of what a growing number of Republicans have urged the president to do: directly call out and condemn white supremacy.

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

And three of Trump's top advisers appeared on Sunday morning news shows to defend the vague statement that the president delivered the previous afternoon at his private golf club in New Jersey, although their messaging shifted as the morning progressed. Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and a top adviser, broke with her father’s messaging Sunday morning to tweet: “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC News that the president was “very clear” in his statement and “called out anyone, anyone who is responsible for fomenting this kind of bigotry, hatred, racism and violence.

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