WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The statement is made amid the storm of criticism concerning the Trump's reaction to the recent acts of violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia at a rally organized by far-right nationalists to protest plans to remove a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, when Antifa and other far-left counter-protest groups confronted the nationalists. The violence culminated in an incident when a car rammed into the crowd killing one person and injuring 30 others.
"[Trump] was unequivocal in criticizing racism and bigotry," Sessions told ABC News on Monday, referring to the president's statement over the weekend. "He explicitly condemned the kind of ideology behind these movements of Nazism, the white supremacy, the KKK."
Trump condemned the violence at the rally, stating that the events were a "display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides."
The US president however initially refrained from blaming any particular group for the outbreak of violence. Trump subsequently faced criticism for not directly condemning the white nationalists at the rally.
President Donald Trump is going to meet with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Chris Wray on Monday to discuss the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to White House.
"The President will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Wray on Charlottesville at 11:30 a.m.," the White House said in a press release on the update to Trump's schedule.