US President Donald Trump waves as he walks towards the White House in Washington, DC, on August 14, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM
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President Donald Trump is facing pressure from both sides of the aisle for him to explicitly condemn white supremacists and hate groups involved in deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.The president added a late-morning meeting with Sessions and FBI director Christopher Wray to his Monday schedule.For one business leader who has been working with the White House, Trump's lack of specificity inspired a personal protest: Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier cited the president's reaction as the reason he's decided to resign from the president's manufacturing council. Trump immediately attacked Frazier by name on Twitter.The White House statement Sunday went further than Trump did. Trump's top advisers later struggled to explain Trump's position, offering different responses.Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Sunday that he considered the attack to be terrorism. On Saturday, Trump had not responded to reporters' shouted questions about terrorism.The president's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, defended the president's initial statement by suggesting that some of the counter-protesters were violent, too.Republicans joined Democrats in criticizing the president for not specifically calling out white nationalists.
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