Trump makes statement condemning hate and violence (Video)


At a press conference Saturday in New Jersey, originally intended to review achievements by the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Trump instead directed the majority of his comments to the violent protests and rioting in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Just minutes before President Trump spoke, reports confirmed that one person had died in the horrific vehicle attack in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon, when a car mowed down protesters in the street.

President Trump first sent out a Twitter message, before the event, stating, “Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!”

After the event, the president tweeted out a video clip of his speech, in which he condemned the terrible violence.  He tweeted, “What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives.”

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump began his remarks.

Trump made it clear the problem is not any president’s fault, but a serious problem in society, saying, “It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time. ”

He continued, “It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift resotration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society, and no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play.”

Trump continued his condemnation of the violence, saying, “The hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation, and with true affection for each other. Our country is doing well in so many ways… so when I watch Charlottesville, to me, it’s very, very sad.”

He praised the law enforcement, state and local police in Virginia and the National Guard for their service in Charlottesville.

“Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all AMERICANS FIRST. We love our country, we love our God, we love our flag, we’re proud of our country, we’re proud of who we are, so we want to get this situation straightened out in Charlottesville. We want to study it, and we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen,” President Trump said.

He continued, “My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. Ideally, we have to love each other.”

Below is the video of his full remarks at the event.

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