Congress Approves Resolution Condemning White Nationalists

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Andrew Harnik AP

"Tonight, the House of Representatives spoke in one unified voice to unequivocally condemn the shameful and hate-filled acts of violence carried out by the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville", Connolly said. "I'll let him discuss how he feels about it, but he was certainly very clear that the perception that he received on his comments was not exactly what he intended with those comments", he told CBS News afterwards. Hmm.

But when asked about the President's version of the meeting, Scott said "it's who he has been".

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said Trump now has a fresh chance to "make clear that there were not "many sides" to what happened and that there can be no equivocation when it comes to bigotry and violent racism".

Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, left, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and President Trump at Trump Tower on August 15 in New York City.

"My response was, while that's true - if you look at it from a sterile perspective, there was an antagonist on the other side - however, the real picture has nothing to do with who's on the other side", Scott continued. Tim Scott thinks Donald Trump now may understand how he could have handled the episode differently.

The White House has not commented on the resolution.

How long until Trump is standing on the Truman balcony with a boombox blasting "You've Got a Friend in Me" in the general direction of the nearest klavern gathering? The president, he added, stayed focused on the subject of race most of the time.

Assuming that Trump ultimately approves the resolution, it would be the second time that Congress has strong-armed the president.

Scott said of the conversation, 'We discussed everything from legislative remedies for those living in poverty, to the incident in Charlottesville, to some of the other issues that are important - diversifying staff'.

This meeting could have given Trump an opportunity to learn something about race relations in America - a subject he seems to know very little about -but the president only made things worse. During his speech, Trump equated the actions of White supremacists to those who were protesting them.

Mr. Trump has offered constantly shifting statements about Charlottesville, alternately condemning the hate groups and declaring a moral equivalence between them and the counter-protesters.

When asked about the comment on Wednesday, Sanders called the tweet "a fireable offense".

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