“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious disposition of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” Trump said at a bill signing ceremony in Bedminster, NJ, where he is on a working vacation at his golf club.
“It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on a long, long time,” Trump said of the violence.
Trump said he spoke with Virgina Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday and they agreed “the hate and division must stop and must stop right now.”
“We have to come together with love for our nation and true affection for each other,” the president said.
Earlier Saturday, Trump denounced the violence on Twitter.
“We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!” Trump tweeted at 1:19 p.m.
His tweet followed a similar statement by First Lady Melania Trump.
“Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes
Virginia authorities declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon and ordered people out of the park where protesters had clashed.