Capitol Report: Trump references ‘hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides’ in comments on Charlottesville, Va., events

President Donald Trump delivers remarks Saturday on the protests in Charlottesville, Va., from his golf estate in Bedminster, N.J.

President Donald Trump commented from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on weekend events in Charlottesville, Va., where a planned midday white-nationalist rally was canceled by law-enforcement officials, but he did not take media questions, despite having characterized the on-camera appearance as a press conference.

The press conference had been intended to focus on veterans affairs before being overtaken by events in the commonwealth of Virginia.

From the podium, Trump said he condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides,” repeating for emphasis the phrase “on many sides,” and professed love for “all Americans.”

Having shaken hands with assembled veterans before his remarks on Charlottesville, Trump then moved on to the task of signing a bill aimed at aiding veterans’ access to private medical care.

At the event’s conclusion, assembled journalists received no responses to called-out questions about whether he would describe the reported ramming by car of a group of counterprotesters in Charlottesville as terrorism and whether he desired the support of white supremacists or was willing to denounce them.

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