Trump: I Didn't Have All The Facts For First Statement On Charlottesville, There Was Also Violence From 'Alt-Left'
President Trump, responding to criticism that he failed to condemn white supremacist groups forcefully enough after the Charlottesville, Va., protest violence, on Tuesday called out "alt-left" protesters for their actions that same day, asking, "Do they have any semblance of guilt?"
The defiant statements came during a wide-ranging Q&A at Trump Tower in New York a day after he tried to put the issue to rest with a statement condemning white supremacists as "repugnant."
Trump started by defending his initial statement responding to the weekend violence in Charlottesville. While he was criticized for blaming violence on "many sides," Trump said he wanted to make sure he knew the facts before explicitly calling out white supremacists.
“I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct,” Trump told reporters after an announcement on infrastructure. “Not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement. But you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts.”