Trump Doubles Down on Initial Response to Charlottesville

President Donald Trump on Tuesday clashed with reporters over his response to the Charlottesville, Virginia attack, during an extraordinary press conference at Trump Tower.
In addition to equating Neo-Nazis with what he described as the “alt-left,” Trump once again blamed “both sides” for a violent outbreak that resulted in the death of a 32-year old counter-protester and he demanded to know whether members of the media “like” George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Trump insisted he “didn’t wait long” to make a statement condemning white nationalism, arguing he “wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, 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,” Trump said. “It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. It is a very, very important process to me. So I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement.

“When I make a statement, I like to be correct,” he continued. “I want the facts.”