In New York City today President Donald Trump signed an executive order to cut red tape on infrastructure projects to make it easier, he said, to construct roads and bridges. He then took questions from reporters, who almost exclusively asked about his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, VA, last weekend. The exchange between Trump and the reporters was lively, with one reporter asking the president, “Are you against the Confederacy?” Trump repeatedly denounced the reporters as being part of “fake news,” saying that the coverage of what happened in Charlottesville would have been better, “If you were honest reporters, which in many cases you’re not.” Trump also asked reporters if they were in favor of taking down statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, since both were slave-owners. “You’re erasing history,” said the president.

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, D.C., today to meet with his economic advisers and also made a statement on the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA. “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Declaring that “justice will be delivered,” Trump also said that the Department of Justice has opened a civil right investigation into the deadly car attack over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA. “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable.”

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President Donald Trump made a statement about the violence in Charlottesville, Va, on August 12, 2017, while at a signing ceremony for the Veterans Affair Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017. The president was introduced by David Shulkin, the secretary of veterans’ affairs, and begins speaking at 2:40 into the recording.

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President Trump delivered a statement and took questions from reporters following a national security briefing in Bedminster, N.J., with the ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and the national security advisor, H.R. McMaster. Topics included North Korea, Venezuela, and China, among others. Secretary Tillerson also answered questions, including about the recently revealed attacks on American diplomats in Cuba.

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