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President Trump Stands By Original Charlottesville Remarks

The president was heavily criticized when he said counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va., were to blame right along with white supremacists. Now he says more people are seeing it his way.
President Trump speaks to the press onboard Air Force One while flying back to Andrews Air Force Base from Florida on Thursday. / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images

Updated at 9:23 p.m. ET

A day after meeting with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to discuss improving race relations, policy issues of specific concern to communities of color and Scott's pointed criticism of President Trump after his comments in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Trump is standing by those remarks.

Trump's assertion post-Charlottesville that there was "" was roundly criticized for giving comfort to white supremacists and the KKK — including

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