NEW YORK (CBS) — President Donald Trump is talking out once more amid the backlash over his response to the lethal Charlottesville protests.
The president clashed with reporters throughout an occasion on infrastructure at Trump Tower in New York Metropolis on Tuesday afternoon.
“There was no method of creating an accurate assertion that early,” Trump stated.
Trump confronted intense criticism on Saturday for failing to explicitly condemn the position of white supremacists throughout his preliminary assertion on the tragedy.
Trump took purpose on the counter protesters whereas talking with reporters.
“What concerning the alt-left that got here charging on the, as you say, alt-proper? Have they got any semblance of guilt? Let me ask you this. What about the truth that they got here charging with golf equipment of their arms, swinging golf equipment, have they got any drawback? I feel they do. So so far as I’m involved, that was a horrible, horrible day,” Trump stated.
Trump additionally questioned what monuments could be focused subsequent as protesters have referred to as on cities to take down statues honoring Accomplice figures.
“Is it George Washington subsequent week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? It’s a must to ask your self the place does it cease?” Trump stated.
He continued, “George Washington was a slave proprietor. So will George Washington lose his standing? Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you consider Thomas Jefferson? Do you want him, as a result of he was a serious slave proprietor. Are we gonna take down his statue? So it’s wonderful. You’re altering historical past, you’re altering tradition and I’m not speaking concerning the neo-nationalists or the neo-Nazis as a result of they need to be condemned completely. However you had individuals in that group aside from neo-Nazis, aside from white nationalists, okay? And the press has handled them completely unfairly.”
The lethal rally in Charlottesville over the weekend was sparked as white nationalists protested the town eradicating a statue of Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee.
James Alex Fields is accused of ramming his automotive into counter-protesters, killing one individual.