Last Updated Aug 12, 2017 3:20 PM EDT
President Trump will address violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in remarks from New Jersey Saturday, his first since white nationalist group protests turned violent.
The protests, which originated to speak out against the removal of a statute of confederate general Robert E. Lee, became aggressive and dangerous before the rally was supposed to start at noon, resulting in multiple fights and injuries. A, resulting in at least four injuries.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement obtained by CBS News’ Paula Reid that he is “in contact” with Justice Department officials on the scene, and DOJ stands by the president in condemning violence, and any hate and intolerance.
“I have been in contact with our Department of Justice agents assisting at the scene and state officials,” Sessions said. “We will continue to support our state and local officers on the ground in any way possible. We stand united behind the president in condemning the violence in Charlottesville and any message of hate and intolerance. This kind of violence is totally contrary to American values and can never be tolerated. I want to thank all law enforcement personnel in the area for their commitment to protecting this community and the rule of law.”
Mr. Trump on Twitter said Americans must unite against hate, although he didn’t specifically condemn the white nationalist sentiment or Nazi symbols that appeared in Charlottesville.
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