US Congress sends anti-white supremacist resolution to Trump

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On Tuesday, Congress passed a joint resolution condemning the deadly "domestic terrorist attack" and other violence perpetrated in August by far-right extremists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to work with federal agencies to "investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups".

While Sarah Sanders said in a post-meeting press conference that the meeting was "very productive", the president received an "F" grade from Twitter on his outfit, composed of a navy blue jacket, a bright blue tie, and black slacks. In an interview with Vice, Scott called Trump's "moral authority" into question over the response to Charlottesville.

Although Trump has denounced neo-nazis and white supremacists, many in Washington, Republicans and Democrats alike, were not satisfied with the president's response.

Scott said of the conversation, 'We discussed everything from legislative remedies for those living in poverty, to the incident in Charlottesville, to some of the other issues that are important - diversifying staff'.

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Deeply religious, Scott often has said he feels a "calling" to serve in the Senate, and speak out about race relations and what he refers to as the "American family".

"I think that will be an ongoing process", she said.

The U.S. president has come under fire for his initial reaction to the hate rally and Heyer's subsequent death, with many accusing Trump of equating the counter-protesters with those they rallied against. Following the attacks, which left Heyer dead after a vehicle plowed into a group of nonviolent protesters, Trump noted that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the march. He had also said the violence was perpetrated by "many sides".

He doubled down on the comments the following Tuesday in a heated session with reporters at Trump Tower in NY. "But the focus was primarily on solutions moving forward".

A competent White House would know this was coming and, having no doubt about the president's position, would have a statement ready to go confidently saying that, of course, Trump intends to stand with Congress and even high-level members of his administration on this issue. But as we learned last month, the president's immediate and unequivocal condemnation of racist groups is no longer a given.

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