CBSNEWS - President Trump said he condemns hatred and bigotry on "many sides" in Charlottesville, Virginia, in remarks from New Jersey, his first since white nationalist group protests turned violent and resulted in one death and 34 others injured Saturday.
"We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia," Mr. Trump said. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides."
In his remarks, the president failed to mention the displays of white nationalism or Nazi symbols present in Charlottesville Saturday.
"It's been going on for a long time in our country," Mr. Trump said of the hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville. "Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."
The president gave the remarks at the beginning of a bill signing event to expand a program allowing veterans to seek private medical care.
"We have to heal the wounds of our country," the president said to conclude his remarks.
The president ignored a reporter's question asking what he has to say to white nationalists who say they support him, and commit acts of violence.
The Charlottesville protests, which originated to speak out against the removal of a statute of confederate general Robert E. Lee, became aggressive and dangerous before the rally was supposed to start at noon, resulting in multiple fights and injuries. A vehicle plowed into multiple pedestrians, resulting in 15 injuries and one death.
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