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White House backs Trump over Charlottesville remark

Aug 14, 2017, 7:25 AM EDT
Rally Against Hate  The Stand in Solidarity With Charlottesville, in Union Square in New York City.
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Amid widespread criticism that U.S. President Donald Trump failed to explicitly denounce far-right groups after a deadly violence in Charlottesville rally, the White House issued a statement on Sunday saying the leader’s condemnation included white supremacists.

A woman was killed and 19 others were wounded after a car plowed into a crowd protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, writes the BBC. Leaders across the political spectrum rounded on Trump after his remarks, condemning the violence, lacked explicit mention of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups.

The White House statement was followed by harsher words from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who condemned all extremists groups, including white supremacists, neo-Nazis or the KKK, adding that America has no place for them, notes The Guardian