Trump's comments on Charlottesville under fire from GOP colleagues

Several Republicans pushed back against Trump for not calling out white nationalists who organized the Virginia event.
5:26 | 08/13/17

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Transcript for Trump's comments on Charlottesville under fire from GOP colleagues
President trump is facing criticism for how long it took him to respond to the violence this charlottesville and for what he said when he finally did. And what he didn't say. Much of the blowback is from fellow Republicans. David Wright is in bedminster, New Jersey, this morning. David, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Paula and Matt. One of the most important jobs for any president is during times of crisis to speak on for the nation. Giving moral values and projecting moral authority. Many in the president's own party felt his response here missed the mark. We're closely following the terrible events unfolding in charlottesville, Virginia. Reporter: The president said the hate and division seen in charlottesville is have no place in America. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides. On many sides. Reporter: Trump declined to call out the white nationalists who planned this event or the call the driver of tcar an act of terrorism. Senator Ted cruise called the attack a grotesque act of domestic terrorism. Posting the Nazis, the kkk, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil. And all of us have a moral obligation to speak out. Senator John McCain tweeted, white supremacists are not patriots. They're traitors. America must unite against hatred and bigotry. Orrin hatch commented, we should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged hoar at home. No matter our color, creed, religion, or political party, we are all Americans first. Reporter: Also under scrutiny. The time it took the president to respond. As these scenes were unfolding, the first response from the white house came not from the president but from the first lady. She tweeted, our count edge kournlgs freedom of speech. But let's communicate without hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville. Do you want the support of these white nationalist groups? Reporter: He ignored them. Later, the white house ought to clarify the troubling phrase on many sides saying the president was condemning hatred, bigotry, and violence from all sources and all sides. Matt, Paula? A little ambiguous still there, David Wright. Thank you for your reporting. We want to brink if George Stephanopoulos. Good morning to you. First and foremost, trump is under a lot of fire from his own party for not denouncing this for what it is. Domestic terror and white sue Prem schism. We saw the tweets from orrin hatch. Let call evil by its name. How much pressure is he under right now to condemn the white nationalist hate groups? This feels like a watershed moment. 2005, hurricane Katrina. George W. Bush took a lot of time for flying over, not appearing to be in touch with what happened on the ground. I think the comment "On many sides "Failing to call out clear hi the ne-yo nakn neonazis, the kkk, as white supremacists. Even people supportive of the president, Ted Cruz, who though he was an opponent last year now says we have to call this out as grotesque domestic terrorism. He's been quite supportive of the president since hi got in office. There's a pretty big press conference scheduled for Monday. You to think this is one of the things he's going to talk about? Tths not what is planned. What is planned is a press conference where the president announces an investigation into where there should be an investigation of Chinese trade practices. Clearly, this is going to be the top of the minds of reporters, if he does a press conference. He ignored two questions at the end of yesterday. He didn't want to answer the questions yesterday. If he has a press conference on Monday, he'll get them again. He certainly will. You have an exclusive interview with Anthony scaramucci this morning, 11 days as the white house communications director. Up with of the most interesting things to hear this morning is what he would have recommended with this violence. Would he have recommended the president give the kind of statement he gave yesterday. Thank you, George. Great having you. Don't miss George's exclusive interview with Anthony scaramucci later this morning on ABC. But now, we turn to rob Mars Y

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