President Trump will sign a bipartisan congressional resolution condemning hate groups and racially-motivated violence in Charlottesville, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.
News reports that the resolution "urges the Trump administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy"'. While condemning white supremacist and neo-nazis, he said that re were wrongs -but also to people "very well" - " from both sides ".
The resolution easily cleared the Senate on Monday and the House on Tuesday, but when asked if the president would sign off-again, on the principle of condemning hate groups-the White House's brain trust, such that it is, elected to mull things over for just a bit longer.
Soon after the meeting ended, White House officials emailed reporters a photograph of Mr. Trump listening intently as Mr. Scott made a point, with both sitting in chairs often used for bilateral meetings with foreign leaders.
Scott was not the only Republican who criticized Trump's response to the Charlottesville violence.
"I think we accomplished that, but to assume immediately thereafter he's going to have an epiphany is unrealistic".
That represents a sharp contrast to the president's first comments after the deadly early August demonstrations in which he assigned equivalent blame for the violence on anti-fascist counter-protesters.More news: Three things to know about the Census' big earnings report out today
The topic of the conversation is race relations in America, especially after what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"We hope that President Trump will move quickly to sign this resolution and commit his Administration to address the rise of hate groups", said Virginia's Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, who sponsored the resolution.
Trump had blamed the violence on "many sides" and initially declined to denounce the racist groups involved in the rally.
He doubled down on the comments the following Tuesday in a heated session with reporters at Trump Tower in NY. Mr Trump defended Confederate monuments last month.
She also said they "primarily focused on solutions moving forward".
Scott said "I think I was clear before we met and I was clear while we met" about how he felt Trump handled the violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month. "This museum is a attractive tribute to so many American heroes", Trump said at the time, according to the Washington Post.