White House won't commit to signing joint congressional resolution condemning white supremacists

White House won't commit to signing joint congressional resolution condemning white supremacists

The House version of the resolution, introduced by Republican and Democratic House members from Virginia, asks Mr. Trump to "use all resources available to the President and the President's Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States".

Congress unanimously passed a resolution yesterday condemning neo-Nazis, the KKK and other white nationalists that urges President Donald Trump to address hate groups after last month's deadly racially-charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The resolution will go to the House next, where identical language has been introduced. Tom Garrett and Gerry Connolly, with support from the entire Virginia House delegation.

The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president's initial, equivocal response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va. last month.

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The resolution formally condemns "the racist violence and domestic terrorist attack" in Charlottesville, where a vehicle suspected of being driven by a white supremacist sympathizer rammed into a auto full of counter-demonstrators. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups Week ahead: Lawmakers alarmed by Equifax breach Five major revelations from Congress's Russian Federation probes MORE (D-Va.), one of those who introduced the resolution. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, in the Senate, and endorsed by a bipartisan group of senators.

It is beyond pathetic and disgraceful that this President needs a bipartisan resolution to force him to condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists. "We wouldn't have had to add in that point had he not demonstrated this moral equivocation at the time, but I think it would be a really good thing". The White House, however, will not immediately commit to signing it. The resolution also said the House strongly condemns racism, as well as "intimidation, and violence by all groups - regardless of their political affiliation or political motivation".

Trump was widely criticized after he attributed the fault for violence to "both sides", and suggested that some "very fine people" were among the white-nationalist marchers.

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