President Donald Trump started his week with a series of tweets — addressing every topic except for this weekend’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump faced criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for his failure to explicitly call out white supremacist violence after Saturday’s protest.
The president originally decried the “display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” a reference to the counter-protesters gathered to oppose the white nationalists.
The White House issued a series of anonymous — and somewhat confusing — statements over the weekend justifying Trump’s refusal.
Trump’s first tweet Monday morning noted that he is returning to Washington, as there is “much work” to do on trade and military.
The president is currently on vacation at his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey while the White House undergoes renovations.
Trump also reiterated his endorsement of Senator Luther Strange, who faces a special election in Alabama in December. The Republican primary will take place on Tuesday, August 15.
“Luther Strange of the Great State of Alabama has my endorsement. He is strong on Border & Wall, the military, tax cuts & law enforcement,” Trump tweeted.
The president also returned to one of his favourite targets, the Democrats, who he blamed for “some of the worst trade deals in World History.”
“The Obstructionist Democrats have given us (or not fixed) some of the worst trade deals in World History. I am changing that fast!” Trump tweeted.
This may be a reference to NAFTA renegotiations, which begin Monday.
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