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Trump still hasn't called the Charlottesville mayor

by VICE News
Aug 16 2017, 2:51pm

President Donald Trump still hasn’t called the mayor of Charlottesville about the violence that swept through the Virginia city during a white supremacist rally over the weekend.

“He was supposed to call me on Saturday,” Mayor Michael Signer, a Democrat, told VICE News’ Elle Reeve on Wednesday. “I heard word from an aide right when it was happening, and I didn’t hear from him. They said, ‘Do you want to talk to him?’ And I said, ‘I’d be happy to.’”

“And then a couple days ago I met with a Republican congressman here,” Signer added. “And he said, ‘Would you be up for him calling you?’ And I said, ‘Of course, of course, I’ll talk to the president.’ But I haven’t heard yet.”

For more of the interview, watch VICE News Tonight at 7:30 on HBO.

Hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, Friday to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening, three people were dead – one counter-protester and two police officers. Many more were injured.

Trump’s initial response to the weekend’s events was widely criticized for failed to explicitly condemn white supremacists, the Klu Klux Klan, or neo-Nazis. During a bitterly angry press conference Tuesday, he blamed the weekend’s events on “both sides,” effectively drawing a moral equivalence between white supremacists and counter-protestors.

Trump also hasn’t called the family of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who died when James Alex Fields, Jr. allegedly plowed a car into a crowd. Trump told The Hill on Tuesday, however, that he “will be reaching out” to Heyer’s family.

Watch VICE News Tonight’s full episode “Charlottesville: Race and Terror.”

This episode of VICE News Tonight originally aired Aug. 14, 2017, on HBO.