McMaster defends Trump's Charlottesville statement: 'The president has been very clear'

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

"Anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it meets the definition of terrorism", McMaster said.

Trump on Saturday came under criticism for not condemning the far-right white nationalist groups marching in Virginia, and instead criticizing violence by "many sides".

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster appeared with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week today to talk about North Korea, but Stephanopoulos opened by asking him about Charlottesville.

"Not to me", he said.

"We can not tolerate this kind of bigotry, this kind of hatred", McMaster said.

McMaster said he didn't get that impression, reiterating that the President was "very clear". "I think it's clear, and I know it's clear, in his mind, and ought to be clear to all Americans". When Tapper pointed out the problem in blaming "both sides", Bossert accused him of "making this issue a little bit distorted".

"Tolerance has to overcome this kind of hatred, this kind of hatred that is grounded really in ignorance, ignorance of our values and what makes us unique as Americans", he said".

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