Trump had come under fire for not citing the role of white nationalists and racism in an attack in Virginia on Saturday, while instead condemning violence on "many sides".
Three people died and at least 35 were injured after a series of protests organized by white nationalists and counter demonstrations turned violent.
Speaking at the White House Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he's instructed the Department of Justice to investigate the deadly vehicle attack in Charlottesville, VA. He said he returned to Washington from his respite in New Jersey to work on trade agreements and tax reform. His administration generated additional criticism when it released an anonymous statement that said Trump condemns "all forms" of bigotry and violence, though that one specified that Trump was including "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups".
CEO Kenneth Frazier, who is black, did not name Trump or criticize him directly in a statement posted on the drug company's Twitter account, but the rebuke was implicit.
As state authorities pursue charges against Fields, Trump said federal officials are looking into matters on a larger scale.
Andrew Anglin, founder of the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, heralded Trump for not attacking them.
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Far-right activists flocked to Charlottesville for the rally while hundreds of anti-fascists turned up in a counter protest . He joined the Army in 2015 but left after four months "due to a failure to meet training standards".
He is speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Conservative outlets also called attention to the more heated commentary on the other side, on television and social media.
He was called upon by both those inside the White House and outside to condemn white supremacists.
For one business leader who has been working with the White House, Trump's lack of specificity inspired a personal protest: Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier cited the president's reaction as the reason he's made a decision to resign from the president's manufacturing council. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. said on NBC Sunday that "This isn't a time for innuendo or to allow room to be read between the lines".
The rally was held by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. He just said the nation should come together.
"Old saying: when you dance with the devil, the devil doesn't change, the devil changes you", Signer said. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, once declared that his former news site, Breitbart, was "the platform for the alt-right".
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