After Demanding Tougher Talk on Charlottesville, Media Say Trump's Stronger Statement Is Not Good Enough
By Eddie Scarry, The Washington Examiner
Some in the national media found fault with President Trump's Monday statement that condemned racism, even after many in the press were demanding a more detailed address from Trump.
"Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists," Trump said in a five-minute statement at the White House. He spoke after issuing a statement Saturday about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that didn't specify any of those groups, which led to criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over the weekend.
But some journalists said the remarks, which Trump read off a teleprompter, were still inadequate.
On Twitter, CNBC's John Harwood called Trump's comments "grudging" and "bare minimum," and said Trump gave "no indication he was feeling the words he was reading."
Roger Simon, a political columnist for Politico, said, "Trump makes nothing-burger statement and then flees room without taking questions."