As he continued to face intense criticism for his tepid reaction to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia, President Trump said he’d be spending Monday tackling the trade deficit and focusing on the military.
“Heading to Washington this morning. Much work to do. Focus on trade and military,” Trump wrote.
“The Obstructionist Democrats have given us (or not fixed) some of the worst trade deals in World History. I am changing that fast!” he added in another missive.
Trump, speaking Saturday after white power groups clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, blamed the violence on the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.”
He faced a backlash for not explicitly citing white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists in addressing the violence in Charlottesville, where a white supremacist plowed his car into a counter-rally.
Anti-racist protester and paralegal Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 other people injured in the attack by Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., 20, who is set to be arraigned Monday on murder and other charges.
On Sunday, the White House released an unsigned statement saying “the President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred.
“Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together,” it said.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May condemns racism and hatred, her spokesman said Monday when asked about Trump’s response, Reuters reported.
Asked whether Trump’s response had been strong enough, May’s spokesman told reporters: “What the president says is a matter for him. We are very clear … We condemn racism, hatred and violence. We condemn the far right.”
Trump also tweeted his support for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange – who was appointed in February to fill US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat — in Tuesday’s GOP special election primary.
“Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement,” the president tweeted.
Strange, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala) and former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore are vying for the GOP nomination.
The top two vote-getters will advance to a September run-off if no one is able to get 50 percent of the vote.
The victor in the general election will replace Sessions.
Credit: NY Post