Fox News' Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday called President Donald Trump's news conference a "moral disgrace" during a segment where he sparred with conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.
Ingraham said Trump got sidetracked and was "really torched about people conflating Trump support with white nationalists."
"People want to see a calm president in the storm," Ingraham said. "Today, I think he made some points that were factually right — there was violence on both sides in that event on Saturday, anyone who watched the video could see it. But he's not there to win every point, he's there to calmly guide the nation."
Trump held an impromptu press conference at Trump Tower where he doubled down on his initial statement and blamed "many sides" for the unrest, which started when white nationalists clashed with counter protestors.
Krauthammer called Ingraham's explanation a "cop-out."
"To critique what he did today on the grounds that it distracts from the agenda or was a tactical mistake, I believe is a cop-out," Krauthammer said. "What Trump did [Monday] was a moral disgrace."
"What he did is he reverted back to where he was on Saturday, and made it very clear that what he read on Monday two days later was a hostage tape," he added. "Clearly reading off a prompter, saying these denunciations by name of the KKK, etc. That wasn't Trump speaking, that was the aides speaking."
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