US National Security Advisor on Charlottesville Violence: 'It's Terrorism'

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

WASHINGTON ― H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, affirmed that Saturday's violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "a form of terrorism", breaking from his boss, who refused to directly condemn the far-right protesters.

McMaster said this is a great opportunity to ask ourselves: "What are we teaching our children?"

"It meets the definition of terrorism", he added. White nationalist groups formed a core part of his support base.

"Any time that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism", McMaster said in an interview with ABC.

Stephanopoulos pressed him on Trump not being specific enough in his statement and seemingly "suggesting moral equivalence".

"There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis", she tweeted. "I think it's clear, and I know it's clear, in his mind, and ought to be clear to all Americans". When Tapper pointed out the problem in blaming "both sides", Bossert accused him of "making this issue a little bit distorted".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides".

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