Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions told ABC's “Good Morning America” today that the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Va., “does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute.”
Sessions said the Justice Department is pursuing the case “in every way.”
“You can be sure we will charge and advance the investigation towards the most serious charges that can be brought, because this is an unequivocally unacceptable and evil attack that cannot be accepted in America,” Sessions said.
The chief executive of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. publicly resigned from a White House manufacturing council on Monday, declaring he felt “a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
The move by Kenneth Frazier, one of corporate America’s leading African American executives, came after President Trump was criticized for not explicitly condemning white supremacists after violent clashes with counter-protesters turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.
Cast once again in the role of interpreter of President Trump's comments, Vice President Mike Pence is touring Latin America and attempting to dispel his boss' threat of military action against Venezuela.
Trump on Friday said he would not "rule out" a "military option" to confront the crisis in Venezuela, where the increasingly authoritarian practices of leftist President Nicolas Maduro have touched off waves of deadly political violence and humanitarian disaster.
Trump's threat was roundly decried in Latin America just as Pence headed out for a weeklong, four-nation tour on Sunday.
The president flew into New York on Sunday evening. He has suggested he would address the media while there.
Trump also tweeted his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and now faces a special primary election next week to try to win the office outright.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that President Trump would consider it “unacceptable” for North Korea to possess a nuclear-armed ballistic missile capable of striking the United States — a development believed to be soon within Pyongyang's reach.
But the intelligence chief also said he saw no imminent threat of North Korea attacking the U.S. with such a nuclear weapon, although he expected the rogue nation's missile program would continue despite international sanctions.
Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Pompeo said Trump had “made very clear that the United States finds it unacceptable for a rogue leader like Kim Jong Un to have the capacity of a ballistic missile with a warhead that is integrated and fully deliverable to the United States and hold America and the world at risk.”
White House officials on Sunday defended President Trump’s failure to explicitly condemn white supremacist groups over deadly violence a day earlier in Charlottesville, Va., suggesting his implicit denunciation of them was clear in his remarks Saturday.
Yet as criticism of the president poured in for a second day, including from some GOP allies, his national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, suggested Trump would have more to say on the subject.
"I’m sure you will hear from the president more about this," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Republican elected officials, who increasingly have been putting distance between themselves and President Trump, jumped quickly away from him Saturday after his equivocating response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Some, including Sen. Cory Gardner, who heads the Republican effort to elect senators in next year's midterm election, repudiated Trump directly, criticizing him for not condemning the white supremacist groups that marched in the Virginia college town Friday and Saturday.
Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
President Trump said blame for violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., belongs "on many sides," just after authorities confirmed that at least one person had died in an attack earlier in the day by a car.
The president's statement Saturday, from his golf club in New Jersey, is sure to enflame criticism that already had built over two days as he first was silent on white supremacist violence and then posted two tweets that generically condemned hate without citing any groups.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said.
President Trump on Monday will start a process that could lead to action against China, which has been accused of stealing American businesses' intellectual property, even as he seeks Beijing's help against nuclear threats from North Korea.
Several administration officials outlined the highly preliminary trade action to reporters Saturday, suggesting — contrary to Trump's own statements — that trade policy toward China is divorced from any national security concern, including North Korea.
"Trade is trade; national security is national security," said one official, who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with administration practice.