NEW YORK (WDRB) -- President Donald Trump said there is blame on both sides for the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The president held a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday to talk about the race-fueled clashes between white supremacists and protesters at the rally in Virginia. Trump blamed protesters from the "alt-left" for some of the problem. He said there is "blame on both sides" after the deadly violence.
Trump defended his initial remarks over the weekend, saying he wanted to make sure he knew all the facts.
"I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct." Trump told reporters, "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. It takes a little while to get the facts."
"When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts."
But he went on to criticize the "alt-left" for their role in stoking unrest.
"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent," Trump said. "Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now."
Asked if he was comparing the alt-left to neo-Nazis, Trump said "not all of those people were neo-Nazis."
Soon after the news conference ended, former Ku Klux Klan leader and former Louisiana Congressman, David Duke praised the president for his remarks.
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