Hundreds of white supremacists clashed with counter demonstrators as a car rammed into the crowd and a police helicopter crashed on August 12, killing three people and injuring 19 others in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"Loyalty to our nation demands loyalty to one another. Love for America requires love for all of its people. When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate," Trump said in his first prime time address to the nation in which he spelled out his Afghan policy and the path forward to American engagement in South Asia.
"The young men and women we send to fight our wars abroad deserve to return to a country that is not at war with itself at home. We cannot remain a force for peace in the world if we are not at peace with each other," he said.
"They transcend every line of race, ethnicity, creed, and color to serve together -- and sacrifice together -- in absolutely perfect cohesion. That is because all service members are brothers and sisters. They're all part of the same family; it's called the American family. They take the same oath, fight for the same flag, and live according to the same law," he said in his remarks.
"They are bound together by common purpose, mutual trust, and selfless devotion to our nation and to each other," he said. Trump had earlier said "both sides" were to blame for the clashes. His comments were met with severe backlash. He again drew flak when he said the white nationalist rally included "very fine people, on both sides".