August 15th – FOX NEWS
President Trump, responding to criticism that he failed to condemn white supremacist groups forcefully enough after the Charlottesville, Va., protest violence, on Tuesday called out “alt-left” protesters for their actions that same day, asking, “Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
The defiant statements came during a wide-ranging Q&A at Trump Tower in New York.
Trump started by defending his initial statement responding to the weekend violence in Charlottesville by saying he wanted to make sure he knew the facts before explicitly calling out white supremacists.
“I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct,” Trump told reporters after an announcement on infrastructure at Trump Tower in New York. “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. It takes a little while to get the facts.”
He added, “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 over the weekend, claiming there’s “blame on both sides.”
“You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent,” Trump said.
Asked if he was comparing the alt-left to neo-Nazis, Trump said “not all of those people were neo-Nazis.”