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Amid criticism for his response to violence that ensued between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, President Trump retweeted Jack Posobiec – an alt-right media figure who pushed the PizzaGate and Seth Rich conspiracy theories.

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After blaming "many sides" for the initial violence that left one counter-protester dead, Trump on Monday condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "criminals and thugs."

For many, the response was too little, too late. Three CEOs stepped down from the White House manufacturing council, and criticism of the president continued.

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President Trump tweeted upon arriving in New York on Monday night, as he prepared to stay overnight there for the first time since he took office.

Trump traveled to Manhattan after a brief visit to the White House, which is undergoing renovations while he vacations at his golf resort in New Jersey.

The native New Yorker said Friday that he had stayed away since January because he realized the impact of the street closings and other aspects of a presidential visit.

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A stream of protesters spanning blocks in Manhattan converged on Trump Tower on Monday afternoon as President Trump prepared to stay overnight in the city for the first time since he took office.

Shouting "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA," thousands of protesters jammed sidewalks along Fifth Avenue ahead of Trump’s arrival from Washington.

During a brief visit back to the White House, which is undergoing renovations while he vacations at his golf resort in New Jersey, Trump took a firmer stand on the white supremacist violence that racked Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

President Trump on Monday answered two days of bipartisan furor over his initial response to deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., with a statement for the first time explicitly blaming white supremacists for the “racist violence” over the weekend.

But in a tweet sent hours later, Trump appeared to suggest that he'd spoken out only to appease his critics and seemed frustrated that his remarks hadn't done more to silence them.

"Realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied," Trump lamented, calling members of the media "truly bad people!"

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President Trump took aim at Democrats on Monday morning in a tweet, claiming that they are responsible for "some of the worst trade deals in World History," which he promised to address.

Trump's tweet came several hours before he announced that he had asked his trade office to consider investigating China for the alleged theft of American technology and intellectual property.

Trump, in the midst of a 17-day vacation, left his New Jersey golf club to return to the White House to sign an executive action on the investigation. He suggested that more steps would be taken against China on trade issues.


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.

Trump quickly lashed out at Frazier on Twitter.

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President Trump tweeted Monday morning that he'd be returning to Washington with "much work to do."

The president flew into New York on Sunday evening. He has suggested he will address the media while there.

Trump also tweeted his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who was appointed in February 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.

President Trump extended condolences to the family of a woman killed after a car sped into a crowd of people who were protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. The event was marked by brawls that ended with the governor declaring a state of emergency.

At least 19 others were reported injured in the crash.

Trump's tweet came after he was met with criticism for earlier statements condemning the violence in Charlottesville without mentioning the death of the protester, or that the rally had been organized by white supremacists.


President Trump extended condolences to the loved ones of two people killed in a helicopter crash Saturday near Charlottesville, Va., where violent clashes erupted earlier in the day at the site of a white nationalist rally.

Police said the crash was connected to the rally, though it was not immediately clear how.

Virginia State Police said the helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon in a wooded area near a home. The pilot and a passenger were killed, said Corinne Geller, a state police spokeswoman. No one on the ground was injured.

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President Trump tweeted a series of statements Saturday responding to the riotous actions of white nationalists and Klansmen in Charlottesville, Va.

The first was a generic statement condemning hate and violence, in which he continued for a second day not to comment specifically on the nature of the demonstrations.

That post on Twitter about 10:30 a.m. came amid building criticism, including from Republicans, that he had not spoken out against the clashes.