Racist violence: Trump blasts critics

US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting at the Trump Tower in New York City, on Aug 15, 2017.
US President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting at the Trump Tower in New York City, on Aug 15, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK • US President Donald Trump has drawn bipartisan flak after blaming both the left and right for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended with the death of a young woman after a car crashed into a crowd.

In a combative exchange with reporters on Tuesday, he criticised "alt-left" groups that he claimed were "very, very violent" when they tried to confront nationalist and Nazi groups protesting against the removal of a statue of a Confederate icon from a park.

His comments came as vandals defaced the Lincoln Memorial in Washington with an obscene message, the National Park Service said on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2017, with the headline 'Racist violence: Trump blasts critics'. Print Edition | Subscribe