September 15, 2017 16:20 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Trump signs congressional resolution condemning neo-Nazis

The bill passed both chambers of Congress unanimously before it landed on his desk. The president did not make the remarks, or any remarks, about the resolution in front of cameras.

President Donald Trump quietly signed a resolution condemning neo-Nazis, the KKK and white nationalist groups of all types behind closed doors on Thursday evening.

The bill passed both chambers of Congress unanimously before it landed on his desk. 

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday, after she was asked about the resolution on camera, that Trump was 'looking forward' to signing the measure once it made its way over. Trump said in a statement that he was 'pleased' to put his name to it.

'We condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms,' the statement issued by the White House said.

The president did not make the remarks, or any remarks, about the resolution in front of cameras.

President Donald Trump quietly signed a resolution condemning neo-Nazis, the KKK and white nationalist groups of all types behind closed doors on Thursday evening 

President Donald Trump quietly signed a resolution condemning neo-Nazis, the KKK and white nationalist groups of all types behind closed doors on Thursday evening 

He'd inflamed tensions earlier in the day when he told reporters during a question and answer session aboard Air Force One that some of the counter-protesters at a White nationalist rally in Charlottesville were 'very bad people,' doubling down on his position that both sides were responsible for the violence that took place at a race riot in August.

Text of S.J. Res. 49  

'Condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.'

Trump came under fire last month for his claims that there were 'very fine people on both sides' of the clash and 'many sides' were to blame for the conflict that left one person dead. 

The topic came back up on Air Force One Thursday afternoon as a journalist questioned Trump about his meeting the morning before with Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate.

The president mentioned the left-wing movement Antfia, which stands for anti-facist, and said, 'If you look at what's going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also. And essentially that's what I said.

'Now because of what's happened since then, with Antifa, you look at, you know, really what's happened since Charlottesville a lot of people are saying, in fact a lot of people have actually written, "Gee Trump might have a point." I said, you got some very bad people on the other side also, which is true.' 

Trump did not say in his original response to Charlottesville that there 'very bad people' on both sides. He said there were 'fine people' on both sides. 

The comment created an uproar. The original group of demonstrators were avowed white nationalists protesting the city's removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. 

A group of white nationalists clash with clash with protesters at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12

A group of white nationalists clash with clash with protesters at the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12

Trump came under fire last month for his claims that there were 'very fine people on both sides' of the clash and 'many sides' were to blame for the conflict that left one person dead

Trump came under fire last month for his claims that there were 'very fine people on both sides' of the clash and 'many sides' were to blame for the conflict that left one person dead

Trump also said that 'many sides' were responsible, angering Republicans and Democrats alike in the national spotlight.

Rather than apologize, Trump contended during a campaign rally that he'd forcefully denounced racial hatred and the media was cherry-picking his statements.

'We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,' Trump had previously said. 'It has been going on for a long time in our country -- not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.'

Trump did not mention white supremacists at all in his original remarks, giving rise to the criticism.  

Scott had harsh words for Trump at the time, saying then that the president had compromised his 'moral authority.'

He lectured Trump Wednesday at the White House on the history of racism in the U.S. toward African Americans and the Ku Klux Klan.

'We had three or four centuries of rape, murder and death brought at the hands of the KKK and those who believe in a superior race,' Scott told reporters after, according to the New York Daily News. 'I wanted to make sure we were clear on the delineation between who’s on which side in the history of the nation.'

Scott says he confronted Trump about his 'both sides' remark, telling him, 'While that’s true, I mean I think if you look at it from a sterile perspective, there was an antagonist on the other side.'

'The real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side,' Scott says he told Trump, according to the New York Times. 'It has to do with the affirmation of hate groups who over three centuries of this country’s history have made it their mission to create upheaval in minority communities as their reason for existence.'

Trump's response to the talking to was that it 'makes sense,' Scott said.

Scott told CBS News in a separate interview, 'He's obviously reflected on what he has said, on his intentions and the perception of those comments.

'I'll let him discuss how he feels about it, but he was certainly very clear that the perception that he received on his comments was not exactly what he intended with those comments,' Scott said of the president. 

Scott said it 'will take time' for Trump to get his moral authority back, the Daily News reported. 

TRUMP'S SIGNING STATEMENT

Today, I am pleased to sign S.J. Res. 49. As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms. No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We are a Nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. As one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans. 

President Trump sat down with Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, Wednesday for a conversation on race relations and Charlottesville

President Trump sat down with Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate, Wednesday for a conversation on race relations and Charlottesville

The president had an opportunity this week to take a step in that direction, signing a resolution legislators passed unanimously in the House and Senate condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK. 

Sanders said Wednesday Trump 'looks forward' to putting his name on the document once it arrived at the White House.

Asked Wednesday whether Trump feels, after speaking with Scott, that he should have condemned white nationalism more boldly, Sanders said the president has nothing to be sorry for.

'The President was clear in his initial statement that he condemned hatred, bigotry, racism of all forms. He continues to stick to that message. He’s been very consistent in that fact. He and the Senator talked about that and discussed that, and agreed that that was the appropriate place to be,' she said.

In an appearance on CBS Sunday show Face the Nation just after the attack, Scott had said, 'It’s going to be very difficult for this president to lead if, in fact, his moral authority remains compromised.' 

He declined to criticize Trump further when he spoke to reporters after his visit with the president at the White House on Wednesday. 

'I think I was clear before we met, and I was clear while we met,' the South Carolina senator told USA Today, leaving his disagreement with Trump the past.

Scott said of the conversation, 'We discussed everything from legislative remedies for those living in poverty, to the incident in Charlottesville, to some of the other issues that are important — diversifying staff.'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said  Wednesday during her daily briefing that Trump and Scott spoke about 'potential solutions moving forward to bring the country together'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said  Wednesday during her daily briefing that Trump and Scott spoke about 'potential solutions moving forward to bring the country together'

An official White House readout of the meeting said they talked about the Trump administration’s 'relationship with the African American community, the bipartisan issue of improving race relations, and creating a more unified country. 

'President Trump remains committed to positive race relations and looks forward to continuing the dialogue with Senator Scott, the African American community, and leaders from diverse communities across the country, all of which have a wealth of perspectives and experiences with respect to this issue.' 

Sanders said during her daily briefing that Trump and Scott spoke about 'potential solutions moving forward to bring the country together.'

Scott was 'not at all' fixated on his displeasure with the president's Charlottesville comments, she said, a remark that contrasted what the senator says he told Trump about racism.

'They talked about it pretty in depth, but the focus was primarily on solutions moving forward,' she stated. 'And that was what both people came to the meeting wanting to discuss, is what we can do to bring people together, not talk about divisions within the country.'

Trump said Thursday that he and Scott 'had a great conversation.'

'And he also has legislation, which I actually like very much -- the concept of which, I support -- to get people going into certain areas and building and constructing and putting people to work. And I told him yesterday, that's a concept I could support very easily.'

The president opened up his remarks by noting that Scott, an endorser of Marco Rubio in last year's GOP presidential primary, has been a friend of his for years.

'I've been a supporter of his when I was civilian. I was one of his earliest supporters, and I supported him when he ran,' Trump said.

He went on to talk about Antifa and the all the people writing him to say he was right after Charlottesville.

Antifa is loosely organized left-wing activist movement that relies on violence to convey its agenda.

Democrats on Capitol Hill had pushed last month for an official censure of the president over his original Charlottesville remarks, assigning blame to the anti-white nationalists. Republicans agreed to a resolution blasting racists.

The bill cleared the Senate on Monday and the House on Tuesday, with Trump signing it Thursday.

In the bipartisan statement, that assault that took Heather Heyer's life is pointedly referred to as a 'domestic terrorist attack.' The KKK and neo-Nazis are also called out.

Lawmakers ask Trump personally to 'speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy' in the declaration.

They also call on him to use 'all resources available' to 'address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.'

Trump said in a signing statement that accompanied the final resolution: 'Today, I am pleased to sign S.J. Res. 49. As Americans, we condemn the recent violence in Charlottesville and oppose hatred, bigotry, and racism in all forms. 

'No matter the color of our skin or our ethnic heritage, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God, ' Trump wrote. 'We are a Nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. As one people, let us move forward to rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans.'

 

 

 

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