Trump to sign Charlottesville congressional resolution


He said the president tried to explain his comment, and why he said there were "very fine people" among the nationalists and neo-Nazis protesting the possible removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.

"It's going to be very hard for this president to lead if, in fact, his moral authority remains compromised", Scott said on CBS' Face the Nation in mid-August.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders commented on the meeting, calling it productive.

"I have felt the anger, the frustration, the sadness and the humiliation that comes with feeling like you're being targeted for nothing more than being just yourself", Scott said at the time.

In an interview with HBO last month, Scott said: "We want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority". Scott said given the time constraints and his ongoing work with the administration on HBCUs, that issue was not discussed in the Wednesday meeting.

He declined to criticize Trump further when he spoke to reporters after his visit with the president at the White House today.

The men will touch on Trump's controversial response - saying "both sides" were responsible for the violent, race-fueled clashes in Virginia that left one woman dead.

Last month, the United Nations issued a rare warning over what it called "alarming" racism in the US.

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Scott, the only black Republican senator serving in the upper chamber, also told reporters that he provided Trump with his thoughts on white nationalists and white supremacists.

She adds, "If a stylist dressed the president, they should be fired".

"I hope my colleagues in the House will act on this resolution quickly & send it to POTUS for his signature", Warner tweeted this evening.

Scott has made no secret of his desire for the President to become more engaged on this topic.

In the interest of bipartisan support, the Democratic sponsors of the resolution steered clear of slamming Trump himself for his initial ambiguous response to the Charlottesville episode as he sought to slam both the white supremacists and the liberal counter-protesters for the violence.

"What I wanted to get out of the conversation was a focus on fairness and opportunity", Scott said.

Other black leaders have been less willing to give the president the benefit of the doubt.

While the senator said he understood the president's frustration with the reaction to his remarks, Scott said he explained the historical context of racism in the US, and why it is so important to denounce white supremacist groups without hesitation.