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Bossert is rejecting the claim that Trump had engaged in "a moral equivalency".

A 20-year-old man drove his vehicle into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally, killing one person, hurting more than a dozen others and ratcheting up tension in a day full of violent confrontations. Another 15 people were injured after rival groups fought pitched battles using their fists, rocks and pepper spray in the streets.

Pressed again on the President's position towards the white supremacists, Bossert offered a condemnation of hate groups.

Trump gave a statement condemning Saturday's violence from "many sides" and faced bipartisan criticism for failing to name and condemn white supremacy.

The chaos boiled over at what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade. "I guess you're going to continue to press on the words he didn't say, but I'd like you to focus on the statement that he did say". Signer blamed Trump for the violence, starting with the 2016 election campaign.

He faced calls to specifically condemn white supremacy but at the time of writing had still failed to do so. "That is exactly what we saw on display this weekend", Signer said on CNN's "State of the Nation".

Trump has tweeted that "we ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for".

Virginia police have not yet provided a motive for a man who rammed a auto into the crowd, but USA prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened a civil rights investigation, an FBI field office said.

Two Virginia state troopers en route to the crash scene in a helicopter were also killed when their chopper crashed, police said.

The White House issued a statement Sunday saying that "of course" Trump was speaking about white supremacists, neo-Nazis and all extremist groups in his initial remarks. "I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president", he said.

And Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted: "We should call evil by its name". He was one of several Republican senators who squarely criticized Trump on Twitter on Saturday.

Bossert said Trump's statement was aimed at calming the situation in Charlottesville and emphasized that people should focus on the portion of the President's statement calling for unity and denouncing bigotry.

Disturbances began Friday night during a march through the University of Virginia.

Richard Spencer, a leading white supremacist who rose to fame for being punched at an anti-Trump protest, was similarly supportive of President Trump's response to the violence which erupted between those opposed to the removal of a statue from a local park of Civil War Confederate General Robert E Lee and counter-protesters. They then approached Kessler, who was quickly taken away by state police.

Following the violence on Saturday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told the far-right supporters to "go home". "I think he would have needed to have been much harsher".

A spokeswoman says Trump denounces "all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred".

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