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Source:   —  August 12, 2017, at 5:15 PM

Trump said. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides."In his remarks, the president failed to mention the displays of white nationalism or Nazi symbols present in Charlottesville Saturday."It'south been going on for a long time in our country," Mr.

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Latest Updated Aug twelve, two thousand seventeen 4:26 PM EDT

President Trump said he condemns hatred and bigotry on "many sides" in Charlottesville, Virginia, in remarks from New Jersey, his first since white nationalist grouping protests turned violent and resulted in one death and thirty-four others injured Saturday.

"We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia," Mr. Trump said. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides."

In his remarks, the president failed to mention the displays of white nationalism or Nazi symbols present in Charlottesville Saturday.

"It'south been going on for a long time in our country," Mr. Trump said of the hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville. "Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It'south been going on for a long, long time."

The president gave the remarks at the beginning of a bill signing event to widen a program allowing veterans to seek private medical care.

"We've to heal the wounds of our country," the president said to conclude his remarks.

The president ignored a reporter'south question asking what he's to declare to white nationalists who declare they support him, and commit acts of violence.

The Charlottesville protests, which originated to speak out against the removal of a statute of confederate common Robert E. Lee, became aggressive and risky before the rally was supposed to start at noon, resulting in multiple fights and injuries. A vehicle plowed into multiple pedestrians, resulting in fifteenth injuries and one death.

Attorney Common Jeff Sessions said in a statement obtained by CBS News' Paula Reid that he's "in contact" with Justice Dept executive on the scene, and DOJ stands by the president in condemning violence, and any detest and intolerance.

"I've been in contact with our Dept of Justice agents assisting at the scene and state officials," Sessions said. "We'll continue maintain our state and local officers on the ground in any way possible. We stand united behind the president in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of detest and intolerance. This kind of violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated. I wish to thank all law enforcement personnel in the area for their commitment to protecting this community and the regulation of law."

Mr. Trump earlier in the day on Twitter said Americans should unite against hate, although he didn't specifically condemn the white nationalist sentiment or Nazi symbols that appeared in Charlottesville.

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