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Rep. Scott Taylor: Trump Briefing a 'Failure of Leadership'

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:32 AM

President Donald Trump's press conference Tuesday "was a failure of leadership," according to Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va.

"I think that yesterday's conference was a failure of leadership," Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, said on CNN's "New Day." "Yesterday was not the best day. There is no question about it. There is no moral equivalency. They should absolutely condemn the Nazis and the KKK."

Trump said on Tuesday that there is "blame on both sides" for the violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the alt-right?" Trump asked reporters. "Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do."

Taylor disagrees, saying the white supremacists who held the rally are "100 percent to blame," and that by far most of the counter-protesters were there to "stand up to hate."

"There is no question that the responsibility lies with the hate group that organized that protest," he said. "I do believe the president is wrong. That was not equal by any means whatsoever."

The congressman told Bloomberg Tuesday that "This press conference was a disaster."

He added, "That's not good. Leadership matters, and that starts from the top."

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