>> The White House facing a backlash from critics on both sides of the US political spectrum who said president Donald Trump failed to lay blame on white supremacist groups after clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia left a demonstrator dead. Trump's statement Saturday night condemned the violence, but he did not appear to hold any particular group responsible.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms>> this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides, on many sides.>> Charlottesville over the weekend, the scene of a street brawl after a white nationalists' rally met counter-protesters.>> A 20-year-old is accused of fatally slamming his car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 1 and injuring 19 on Saturday.
US lawmakers from both parties urged the President to call out what they described as a domestic terrorist attack by a white supremacist. Reuters' Washington correspondent Rick Cohen.>> The protest and the violence in Charlottesville was a real challenge and one that he hadn't really experienced before his president.
He campaigned on a promise to keep Americans safe. He was gonna put, I don't know, about an end, but he was going to attack terrorism. And here was an active what looks to be, many officials are saying was a terrorist attack and a terrorist event on American soil.
>> After Saturday, many recalled that candidate Trump was slow to condemn the Ku Klux Klan on the campaign trail after white supremacists groups rallied to his message. The White House released a statement on Sunday that the President's remarks were meant to include the KKK and Neo-Nazi groups. Senior administration officials from the CIA director to the national security advisor went on television to insist Trump condemned white supremacists.
But many questioned why the President had yet to say the words aloud or attack those groups on Twitter. Vice president Mike Pence defended Trump, while on a state visit to Colombia.>> I will say, I take issue with the fact that many in the national media spend more time criticizing the President's words, then they did criticizing those who perpetrated the violence to begin with.
>> Trump returns to Washington Monday, after spending the weekend at his Golf course, in Bedminster, New Jersey.