Politics Charlottesville violence tests Trump's presidential mettle

05:26  13 august  2017
05:26  13 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

Trump: 'Alt-left' bears some blame for Charlottesville violence

  Trump: 'Alt-left' bears some blame for Charlottesville violence <p>President Trump says the 'alt-left' bears some responsibility for violence in Charlottesville, 'nobody wants to say that.'</p>President Donald Trump says the groups protesting against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "also very violent.

Charlottesville violence tests Trump ' s presidential mettle - For President Donald Trump , this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency .

While Trump has had to deal with the pressures of the federal probe into Russian meddling in last year’ s election, disarray in his White House, and conflicts with Congress over his stalled agenda, there are have been few external crises that have tested his presidential mettle .

Charlottesville resident Elliot Harding lights a candle as he places flowers and a stuffed animal at a makeshift memorial for the victims after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the day in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.© AP Photo/Steve Helber Charlottesville resident Elliot Harding lights a candle as he places flowers and a stuffed animal at a makeshift memorial for the victims after a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally earlier in the day in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

For President Donald Trump, this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency.

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The violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters confronted Trump with perhaps the first true domestic crisis of his young administration. And to some, even within his own Republican Party, he came up short.

Pence defends Trump response to Charlottesville violence

  Pence defends Trump response to Charlottesville violence Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday condemned white supremacists and defended President Trump following criticism that the administration failed to adequately condemn specific groups after Saturday violence in Charlottesville, Virginia."Trump had neglected to name the groups that organized the rally that turned violent in Charlottesville the previous day.

While Trump has had to deal with the pressures of the federal probe into Russian meddling in last year’ s election, disarray in his White House, and conflicts with Congress over his stalled agenda, there are have been few external crises that have tested his presidential mettle .

After Trump was elected, he installed Steve Bannon, a trusted figure in nationalist circles and former chairman of the hard-right outlet Breitbart News, as a top adviser in the White House. Charlottesville violence tests Trump ' s presidential mettle .

It followed days of blustery threats toward North Korea that rattled some Americans and unnerved allies. Both are the kinds of white-knuckle challenges that define presidents - and which Trump largely has avoided during the first months of his tenure.

As images of rising tensions and a deadly car rampage in Charlottesville filled TV screens nationwide, the president was criticized first for waiting too long to address the violence and then, when he did so, failing to explicitly condemn the white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee. [nL2N1KY033]

Marco Rubio, a Republican senator who was Trump's rival for the presidential nomination, quickly suggested Trump's initial response was inadequate.

On Twitter, Rubio wrote that it was, "Very important for the nation to hear [Trump] describe events in Charlottesville for what they are: a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.”

Trump went off-script with 'many sides' remark: report

  Trump went off-script with 'many sides' remark: report President Trump reportedly ad-libbed part of his controversial statement Saturday in response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va. Two White House officials told ABC News the president went off script in his comments, in which he blamed "many sides" for the violence, as opposed to specifically singling out white nationalists and the far right."Those were his own words," one senior White House official said.The official said those words "were not" prepared for the president.

By James Oliphant BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - For President Donald Trump , this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency . The violent clashes in Charlottesville , Virginia

U. S . President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela. Protesters clash in Virginia city on eve of white nationalist rally; Charlottesville Mayor says he is 'disgusted'.

While Trump has had to deal with the pressures of the federal probe into Russian meddling in last year’s election, disarray in his White House, and conflicts with Congress over his stalled agenda, there are have been few external crises that have tested his presidential mettle.

By contrast, his predecessor, Barack Obama, inherited a severe economic downturn during his first year in office, and would go on to face, among other tests, a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Middle East upheaval, terror attacks in Boston, Orlando, and elsewhere, and civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland.

Trump has spent this week at his tony golf club in New Jersey, attempting to show the American public that he is indeed working and not vacationing. He held one event after the other, while answering media questions with an approachability he hasn’t shown for months.

Trump Complains Media Not 'Satisfied' By Belated Denunciation Of Hate Groups

  Trump Complains Media Not 'Satisfied' By Belated Denunciation Of Hate Groups President Donald Trump on Monday evening complained the “fake news media will never be truly satisfied” by his belated denunciation of white supremacists and other hate groups, two days after violence erupted after a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied,” Trump tweeted. “Truly bad people!”Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!— Donald J.

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Yet, when news of the situation in Charlottesville first started filtering out on Friday, Trump was silent. He first addressed the matter — through a tweet — on Saturday afternoon, after a planned white-supremacist rally had been dispersed, fights had broken out, and a state of emergency declared.

By the time Trump finally appeared before reporters at a staged bill-signing event at his club, footage of a car speeding up and slamming into a crowd of protesters had swamped social media and cable networks, raising the specter of domestic terrorism. At least one woman in the car's path died and several people suffered critical injuries.

At a podium, Trump read a statement rebuking the violence, but without specifically mentioning or faulting the role of white nationalists.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides - on many sides,” Trump said.

He also took the occasion to boast about declining unemployment and new corporate investment in the United States. Afterwards, he ignored shouted questions from reporters as to whether he would denounce white supremacism and whether the car incident constituted terrorism.

Trump: Graham telling 'disgusting lie' about my Charlottesville remarks

  Trump: Graham telling 'disgusting lie' about my Charlottesville remarks <p>President Trump early Thursday attacked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) over his criticism of Trump's response to the violence at the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally, warning that "The people of South Carolina will remember!"</p>"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists ... and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing.The people of South Carolina will remember!" Trump tweeted.

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REPUBLICAN SENATORS QUESTION RESPONSE

Beyond Rubio, Trump’s response apparently also was not enough for Senator Cory Gardner, who chairs the Republican Party’s Senate-election effort. “Mr. President, we must call evil by its name,” he tweeted. “These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.”

Republican Orrin Hatch, who has served as a senator for 40 years, referenced his brother, who was killed in World War II.

Trump pauses during remarks on the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, from his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Trump pauses during remarks on the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, from his golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey

"We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home," he said on Twitter.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said that Trump had not demonstrated moral leadership. “There are NOT many sides to this,” he wrote.

Trump tweeted several more times after the press event, offering support to the city of Charlottesville and the police but still declining to critique the violence in more explicit terms.

Both as a candidate and as president, Trump has met with charges that he has courted the support of white supremacists and nationalists, the so-called “alt-right,” as a key part of his passionate voter base.

He was forced at one point last year to publicly denounce the Ku Klux Klan and one of its leaders, David Duke. After Trump was elected, he installed Steve Bannon, a trusted figure in nationalist circles and former chairman of the hard-right outlet Breitbart News, as a top adviser in the White House.

(Additional reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Mary Milliken)

White Supremacist Cries Over Possible Arrest Warrant .
Christopher Cantwell said he was terrified of the police.A neo-Nazi who said he was “ready for violence” at the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has released footage of himself weeping after learning there is allegedly a warrant out for his arrest.

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