Take a look at the week in politics from August 13 to August 19. While some of Trump’s Cabinet members, including chief of staff John Kelly, appeared uncomfortable during the news conference, none of them spoke publicly about Trump’s remarks.
Career government employees told CNN they’re deeply disturbed by silence or what they perceive as weak statements from the Cabinet members who lead their agencies.
Thousands of people, many of them students, gathered Wednesday night for a peaceful candlelit vigil at the University of Virginia following the violent clashes at the white supremacist rally last week. The crowd sang songs such as “We Shall Overcome” and “This Land is Your Land.”
Republican lawmakers and administration aides found themselves weighing the costs and benefits of remaining loyal to the President, with some top GOP senators opting to call Trump out by name.
Sen. Bob Corker slammed Trump’s handling of Charlottesville, saying the President “has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham feuded with the President on social media over Trump’s remarks, with Graham urging Trump to “please fix this,” and Trump accusing Graham of lying about his Charlottesville response.