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Trump: 'Alt-left' bears some responsibility for violence in Charlottesville

Photo: CNN Newsource

Speaking from Trump Tower in New York, President Donald Trump held a brief press conference meant to center on his administration's infrastructure goals.

However, the event quickly spiraled out of control, with Trump touching on subjects from Steve Bannon's future employment to his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Defending his statement Saturday -- which received criticism for not explicitly condemning white supremacy -- Trump told reporters he was waiting for "all the facts" before making a stronger response.

He also reiterated his placement of "blame on both sides," saying he believes the "alt-left" -- indicating the counter-protesters who rallied against the white nationalists -- bears some responsibility for the chaos.

As the nationalist group was there to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Trump asked: "Is it George Washington next?"

Discussing senior adviser Bannon's future in his administration, Trump enigmatically replied: "We'll see."

Lastly, Trump added that CEOs who have quit White House council are "not taking their jobs seriously" and "leaving out of embarrassment."

So far, four top executives have abandoned Trump's manufacturing council out of disagreement over Trump's response to the crisis.

These include CEO of the nation's third largest pharmaceutical company Merck, Kenneth Frazier, who resigned citing "a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

View the press conference in full below:


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