President Trump personally insisted on putting remarks bragging about his jobs numbers and the stock market at the top of his statement on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., according to a CNN report.
“We are told by our White House team — and this is as telling as it gets — the president insisted on putting those economic remarks at the top of his statement before he got to the events in Charlottesville, before he got to his denunciation of the KKK and other hate groups,” host John King reported on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”
“That was the president’s call,” King added.
“I’m in Washington today to meet with my economic team about trade policy, and major tax cuts, and reform,” Trump said before turning to remarks on the weekend violence in Charlottesville.
“We are renegotiating trade deals, and making them good for the American worker, and it is about time. Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a 16-year low. And businesses are more optimistic than ever before.”
“Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over 1 million jobs since I took office. We will be discussing economic issues in greater detail later this afternoon, but based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attack and violence that was witnessed by everyone,” he continued.
Trump then for the first time since last weekend’s violence called out white supremacists and other hate groups, declaring that “racism is evil.”
The Hill added:
One person was killed and 19 other wounded after a man who took part in the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville drove his car into a crowd. The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Trump initially blamed “many sides” for the violence, before coming under pressure from other Republicans.