Charlottesville violence: Amid stream of resignations, Trump disbands Manufacturing Council

Charlottesville violence: Amid stream of resignations, Trump disbands Manufacturing Council

Disapproval of the President's handling of events rose following the news conference in which he blamed the violence in Charlottesville on aggressors on both sides of the conflict - equating the white supremacists on one side with the "alt-left" on the other side - after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up after Trump's initial vague response. Mr Trump's remarks on the violence have triggered a backlash across the political spectrum - including several members of his own party. "And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent". We couldn't get anyone to come and defend him here.

The US President has been heavily criticised after he said there was blame on 'many sides' for clashes between white supremacists and counter protesters on Saturday.

When Donald Trump was running for president, he said people should vote for him because of his great success in business. Trump announced Wednesday that he is shutting down those committees. "I wonder, is it George Washington next week?" My concern is for the safety and security of our people.

Eight members of the manufacturing council had resigned before Trump decided to end the advisory groups, with some announcing their intentions on social media in comments that were sharply critical of Trump's response to the Charlottesville rally.

Issued from Kennebunkport, Maine, where they have a family home, the statement said: 'America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms'.

At the weekend rally against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army during the US Civil War, many participants were seen carrying firearms, sticks, shields, and lit torches. "I've condemned neo-Nazis. I've condemned many different groups", the president said.

Trump had tapped New York developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, whom he described as friends, to lead the panel, which he established by an executive order on July 19.

It's a case of being careful what you wish for. You can call it murder.

Meanwhile allies abroad have turned on the billionaire real estate mogul, with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying there was "no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them".

"Frankly, there is no alt-right or alt-left". A woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into the counter-protesters.

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CNN's headline asked, "What's the 'alt-left'?" Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Twitter Thursday morning. "She will be long remembered by all!".