Read the White House's talking points on Trump's news conference

Saul Bowman
August 17, 2017

White nationalist David Duke defined the term after President Trump referenced it Tuesday.

Then, in an exchange with reporters Tuesday, the president claimed that counter-protesters were responsible as well as white supremacist groups for the events in Charlottesville.

QUESTION: Mr. President, are you putting what you're calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?

"The President of the United States just defended neo-Nazis and blamed those who condemn their racism and hate".

The President added: "You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people".

A half-dozen business leaders have stepped down from presidential advisory councils in the wake of the president's alarming comments about the murder and mayhem in Charlottesville, Va.

Trump's move Wednesday came after Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group, organized a conference call for members of the Strategic and Policy Forum, according to the New York Times.

Before Mr Trump's announcement of the disbandment, the Strategy and Policy Forum announced it was a joint decision to disband the council.

But Johnson also said he did not think the remarks indicate Trump is unfit for office. Headlines in worldwide newspapers as well as comments from around the world on social media showed a growing sense of alarm at Trump's inability to denounce white supremacists.

Speaking about this weekend's clashes between the white nationalists and those opposing them, Trump said the hate groups were defending themselves.

Cory Gardner, R-Colo., among the most outspoken Trump critics on Tuesday, tweeted: "My answer will never change on this issue". I am truly disappointed in today's press conference.

The Republican president - who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as "criminals and thugs" - also hit out at the "alt-left" over the weekend melee.

"I think there's - it's nearly like a counterintuitive thing with him, as it relates to the media", former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Stephen Colbert on Monday's "Late Show".

In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication that the USA is losing the economic race against China. Cause he was a major slave owner, " Trump asked amid the usual taunts at the so-called "fake media".

Trump, however, did not rule out Bannon's departure from the West Wing, after The New York Times reported that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had urged him to dump the former head of ultra conservative outlet Breitbart News.

"The president needs to be crystal clear that hatred has no place in our society, but he is now failing", Gallagher said.

Trump has publicly praised Heyer, though, and tweeted Wednesday about her memorial service.

In addition to announcing the dissolution of the business councils via tweet, he congratulated Sen.

But there are plenty of other groups one could throw into the alt-left pot, from the global protest group Occupy to hacktivist group Anonymous, which has threatened the white nationalists responsible for Charlottesville with cyber-reprisals. For shame, ' she said.

Bannon was a key general election campaign adviser and has been a forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House.

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