>> This is for a highway.>> It started as just a press conference about infrastructure, until Trump said this about the weekend violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.>> I think there's blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there's blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it, and you don't have any doubt about it either.
>> And this about the potential domino effect for taking down Charlotteville's statue of Confederate General, Robert E Lee.>> Was George Washington a slave owner?>>
] Yes, he was a slave owner.>> So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington?
How about Thomas Jefferson, what do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?>> I do like Thomas Jefferson.>> Okay, good, are we gonna take down the statue? Cuz he was a major slave owner.>> And then this about the CEOs who resigned from the President's business panel in protest of Trump's initial response to the deadly event.
>> They're leaving out of embarrassment. A lot of their product made outside, if you look at Merck, as an example. Take a look at where their product is made. It's made outside of our country.>> Reuters' White House Correspondent, Jeff Mason, was at the press conference.>> So, clearly, President Trump was angry.
And he appears to have been angry for a few days over what happened in Charlottesville, and probably more specifically, over the reaction that was given to his comments about it, both on Saturday and since then. In fact, the President was not supposed to take any questions originally. Instead, he again said from Trump Tower that, in fact, it had been both sides that had created violence, and sort of put them on the same plane.
>> Swift, emphatic reaction on social media ensued. Former KKK leader, David Duke, tweeting, thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesvillle & condemn the leftist terrorists in Black Lives Matter and Antifascist.. That tweet, making an already bad situation worse for the White House.
>> I think it's fair to assume that there will be even more criticism now. He had a chance to sort of stem that criticism and have a sort of presidential moment at the White House on Monday. Even though it was a couple of days late according to his critics.
But most of that now will probably have been pushed aside by the new comments that he issued today here at Trump Tower.>> The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement.>> Shortly after the latest remarks, the president of the biggest federation of labor unions in the US, announced he will also leave Trump's Manufacturing Council, the fifth member to do so.
Saying in a statement that Trump, quote, tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism.>> You get a lot of bad people in the other group, too.