Mr Liveris had become a visible presence in the White House, a vocal supporter of the President.
JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Yeah.
"And you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent".
Trump condemned the "egregious display of hatred" at the rally but didn't mention a specific group and placed the blame on "many sides". Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama each have more than 100 Confederate symbols each.
"We call for the prosecution and adequate punishment of all perpetrators and the prompt establishment of an independent investigation into the events", they noted.
CORNISH: Honestly, what did these boards do?
ZARROLI: Yeah. Good question.
"Alex Gorsky had made his decision to resign from the council earlier today before the president's tweet". Under the - during the financial crisis, President Obama had financier Steve Rattner serve as the lead adviser on the presidential task force on the auto industry. MSNBC commentator Chuck Todd said the press conference gave him "chills", and the Anne Frank Center called the president's remarks "nauseating" and "racist".
Local and national leaders across the United States have recently mulled whether Confederate symbols primarily honor the past or perpetuate harmful beliefs.
"You look at both sides". Representative Tom Rooney, who is on the GOP whip team, noted on Thursday that if they want to pass a "clean" debt ceiling increase they'll need the president, who's still "extremely popular" with the base, to "do the whipping". They're ready to listen to corporate leaders, to do business with them. Last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel sued Sessions and the federal government for withholding $3 million in federal crime-fighting grants as a result of Chicago's status.
Sessions says he believes the city's policy is partially responsible for Chicago's homicide rate.
"What about the 'alt-left' that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right'?" he said.
"Thank you all!" the president added.
"The Democrats", he toldThe American Prospect, "the longer they talk about identity politics, I got 'em". They should show him no more deference than they would a Democratic president. And you know, when Trump is attacked, he attacks back. Plus, they're hoping to overhaul the tax code for the first time in 31 years. Disney CEO Bob Iger also resigned over Trump's climate policy. Republicans, don't let your devotion to, or even acceptance of, Trump undercut that competition of ideas.