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Trump Repeats 'Both Sides' Comments After Meeting With Tim Scott

Sen. Tim Scott to meet with Trump Wednesday to talk race, Charlottesville response

It calls on the Trump administration to use every tool available to address the growing number of those groups in the country, to investigate all acts of intimidation and domestic terrorism by them, and to prevent future violence.

The House of Representatives passed the resolution Tuesday, a day after the Senate gave its approval.

However, in response to Trump's Air Force One remarks, Scott told CNN that "this is who he has been". "I think that would be-that would be so counterproductive", House Speaker Paul Ryan said at the time, adding that it would "descend this issue into some partisan hack-fest, into some bickering against each other" that would fail to "unify this country".

The joint resolution builds on other recent actions that suggest the Republicans who control Congress - and the Republican president, too - may be ready to reach across the aisle to pass important legislation.

"We had an opportunity to discuss everything from diversifying the echo chamber, as well as protecting this notion of fairness that is a part and parcel of who we are as Americans", said Scott, R-S.C.

Deeply religious, Scott often has said he feels a "calling" to serve in the Senate, and speak out about race relations and what he refers to as the "American family". Sponsors wanted Trump's commitment to the idea of condemning white supremacists.

"I think I started there because it was important for us sitting in the room with the president and the vice president to acknowledge what brought us all together, which was the comments in Charlottesville", he continued.

People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. And at a Black History Month event held at the White House soon after taking office, Trump railed against the media.

"The real picture has nothing to do with who is on the other side", Scott said, the New York Times reported.

Scott said he told the president Wednesday "there is no way to find an equilibrium when you have three centuries of history versus the situation that's occurring today".

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

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides", Trump commented from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., the afternoon of the rally.

She also said they "primarily focused on solutions moving forward".