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President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the violence, injuries and deaths at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

New York- US President Donald Trump is facing increasing criticism due to his latest comments that have been denounced not only by his rivals but also by individuals from the Republican Party.

Criticism was similar to that targeted against him last year weeks before the presidential election, after publishing a video that was seen as an inappropriate for a person who is on his way to the White House.

“Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists,” Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted.

However, NBA star LeBron James accused Trump of “making hate fashionable again”.

House Speaker Paul Ryan stated, “we must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”

In a news conference, Trump said that his initial statement was shaped by a lack of information about the events in Charlottesville.

“You had a group on one side that was bad. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that. But I’ll say it right now,” he added.

Quoting Mandela, Former US President Barack Obama tweeted, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion”.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a tweet that Trump was “embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism.”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote that leaders from all over the world unhesitatingly condemned these people and their acts.