Secretary of State Rex Tillerson distanced himself from President Donald Trump’s Charlottesville responses on live television Sunday.
“I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values,” Tillerson appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.
Wallace questioned Tillerson on the president’s personal values, to which the secretary notably replied: “the president speaks for himself, Chris.”
“I’ve made my own comments as to our values as well in a speech I gave to the State Department this past week,” Tillerson said.
Trump faced an onslaught of negative press and attacks from congressional Republicans, who said the president did not do enough to specifically call out the perpetrators of the Charlottesville protests in early August. The president said in the wake of the protests that he condemned violence on “many sides,” but he failed to call out white supremacist groups specifically.
Trump reiterated his comments, later saying that he thinks there is “blame on both sides.”
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