'Blame on both sides' in Charlottesville attack - Trump

Three days on from the Charlottesville attack, Donald Trump has defended his position that there is "blame on both sides".

Thirty-two-year-old Heather Hayer was killed and 19 others injured on Saturday (local time) when a man drove a car into a crowd of people protesting a far-right march.

Since Saturday, President Trump had issued two statements about the attack.

At first, he condemned the "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

After two days of heavy criticism that he wasn't denouncing white supremacy, President Trump made a second statement on Monday afternoon (local time).

This time, he condemned KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists.

However, in a press conference on Tuesday (local time), he defended his initial statement, saying the "alt-left" holds some responsibility for the violence in Charlottesville.

Anti-Trump protesters yesterday pulled down a confederate statue in North Carolina to protest the white nationalism behind the Charlottesville attack.

The statue was toppled during a protest in Durham to show solidarity with Charlottesville.
The statue was toppled during a protest in Durham to show solidarity with Charlottesville. Photo credit: Reuters

Chanting "No Trump, no KKK" protesters attached a rope, hauled it off its pedestal, and took turns kicking it.

In response to the removal of the statue, Trump compared the confederate general to former United States Presidents including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

"I wonder, will it be George Washington next week? George Washington had slaves," President Trump remarked.

When asked if he would be visiting Charlottesville following the attack, Trump said "Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville? I own one of the largest wineries of the United States in Charlottesville."

A number of anti-Trump protests are taking place around the country over the next few days.