Trump condemns violence 'on many sides' at far-right Charlottesville rally
JIM WATSON (AFP/File)
US President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned "on many sides" the violent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia between white nationalist demonstrators and anti-racist counter-protesters that has left one dead.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides" Trump said from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation.
"The hate and the division must stop right now," he said. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation."
He added that the violence "has no place in America, what is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of civilian lives".
"We wanna get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we wanna study it, and we wanna see what we are doing wrong when this can happen," he said at the beginning of a press conference on veteran's affairs.
He did not address the news that a driver had plowed into a group of counter-demonstrators, or a tweet from Charlottesville's mayor that one person had lost their lives in the violence.
This is a developing story.
You need to be logged in in order to post comments. Sign up or log in