Virginia chaos: White House tries to stem fallout from Donald Trump's Charlottesville message

White House moves to stem fallout over Trump response to Virginia attack

The President has been criticised for not responding strongly to the Virginia incident

Monday, August 14, 2017

The White House has moved to clarify a statement made by Donald Trump in the wake of the attack in Virginia on Saturday (August 12).

One woman died in Charlottesville after a car was rammed into a group of people who were peacefully protesting against a white supremacist rally.

A separate incident saw two police officers die after a helicopter monitoring the rally crashed outside the city, and a 20-year-old has been charged with murder in the wake of the attack. 

Giving a press conference to respond, Trump condemned violence "on all sides."

Immediately, this prompted a backlash from both Democrats and Republicans for not singling out white supremacists or white nationalists in the statement.

However White House officials has now moved to clarify this comment, saying the President was simply calling for unity and togetherness in the wake of the violence.