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Trump on Charlottesville incident: 'Racism is evil'

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WASHINGTON -- After meeting with his attorney general and FBI director at the White House Monday, President Trump delivered another statement about the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead and dozens more injured.

The president condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white Supremacists as "criminals and thugs," adding that "racism is evil."

He pledged that "anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence" will be "held fully accountable."

Trump noted that the Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack in downtown Charlottesville.

"We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans," Trump added.

He did not respond to questions from reporters.

On Saturday, Trump condemned what he called an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," a statement that Democrats and some of the president's fellow Republicans saw as equivocating about who was to blame.

The White House later added that the condemnation "includes white Supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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