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White House says Trump condemns hate groups

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The White House has been scrambling to elaborate on President Donald Trump's response to deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The president came under withering bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning white supremacists and other hate groups on Saturday.

The White House issued a statement Sunday saying that "of course" Trump was speaking about white supremacists, neo-Nazis and all extremist groups in his initial remarks.

Trump remained out of sight and silent, save for a few retweets. One was about two Virginia state policemen killed in a helicopter crash while monitoring the Charlottesville protests, another about a Justice Department probe into the violence.

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