Brittani Asphall told CBC Toronto she disagrees with Trump's assertion that both sides were equally responsible for violence in Charlottesville but said Canadians shouldn't feel superior to Americans when it comes to race relations. In one of the first polls taken since all three of the president's responses, we find that 34 percent approve of his response, while 55 percent disapprove.
"A lot of us joined this administration thinking we could bring to it the experience and expertise that the president didn't have an opportunity to gain in his business career, and to encourage some restraint in what he says publicly and to our allies", a senior official who is contemplating whether to resign told Reuters.
At least seven leaders had already dropped from this group as a direct result of President Trump's response to the violence at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on August 12. Two more followed on Tuesday after Trump defended some of the protestors in a press conference at Trump Tower.
The bill also asks Trump to "fire any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the alt-Right movement in the United States".
The protest by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue quickly turned violent as a man drove his auto into the crowd, killing one woman.
"I can absolutely and unambiguously tell you that there's no place for racism and bigotry in the U.S. military or in the United States as a whole", General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the USA joint chiefs of staff, told reporters during a visit to Beijing. "We have a festering racial problem that's only going to get worse". Trump shot back promptly on Twitter: "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" If even CEOs won't stand by Trump, Sabato predicts that more Republicans and White House staff may jump ship too. But as comedian Chris Rock tweeted, "If 10 guys think it's OK to hang with 1 Nazi then they just became 11 Nazis". "I believe the president should have been - and still needs to be - unambiguous on that point".
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, denounced "hate and bigotry" in a statement on Wednesday but made no mention of Trump or his comments.
"Intolerance, racism and violence have absolutely no place in this country and are an affront to core American values", the Strategy and Policy Forum said in a statement after the group broke up.
The strategy group is one of several the White House convened earlier this year to advise the president.
The Republican Party's top command has been behaving like that family, nearly all of them terrified of their childlike president for fear of his so-called base and his thundering tweets.