Trump faulted for not explicitly rebuking white supremacists

President Donald Trump speaks about the ongoing situation in Charlottesville, Va, at Trump National Golf Club, Saturday, in Bedminster, NJ (AP photo)

BEDMINSTER, NJ: President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers saying he needs to take a public stand against groups that espouse racism and hate.

Trump, while on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, addressed the nation Saturday soon after a car plowed into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters in Charlottesville, a college town where neo-Nazis and white nationalists had assembled for march. The president did not single out any group, instead blaming "many sides'' for the violence.

"Hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now,'' he said. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and ... true affection for each other.''

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