One of those counter-protesters, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed when a auto driven by a young white man, apparently a white supremacist, rammed a crowded intersection.
The car's driver, James Alex Fields Jr, has been charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count relating to leaving the scene.
He also mentioned the two state troopers who were killed in a helicopter crash near Charlottesville. Foul play is not suspected, state police told NBC News. It was a missed opportunity to provide strong moral leadership from the White House.
Trump gave a statement condemning the violence and bigotry "on many sides" and touted his own record, including low levels of unemployment and announcements by companies such as Foxconn, an electronic components manufacturer headquartered in Taiwan, which plans to increase production in the US.
This was the White House's latest attempt to clarify Trump's comments from Saturday.
President Donald Trump rarely admits he's wrong - but has the chance to belatedly condemn neo-Nazi protests at the White House Monday. The counter-protesters gathered to show their objection.
The rally's objective was to condemn a decision by the city to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. So I began by our conversation by asking him why the President hasn't called out those evil groups by name.
I think the right frame to think about the political damage to Trump from his original soft reaction to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville is by thinking about "the deplorables."
Trump's national security adviser, Lieutenant General HR McMaster, said the President had been "very clear" that "we can not tolerate this kind of bigotry". "There is no place for you in America".
The president's reluctance to condemn white bigots also stood in stark contrast by his insistence of calling out "radical Islamic terrorism" by name.
"There is a very sad and regrettable coarseness in our politics that we've all seen too much of today", Signer said at a press conference. Of course, one-day changes in polling are noisy; we'll know more in a couple of days, when the entire poll sample will consist of voters who know about the events in Charlottesville. "We will not stand for their hate". I think the American people heard him.
The senator also discussed Trump's talk of possibly using military intervention in Venezuela in response to that country's poltiical unrest.
Sessions noted that Trump on Saturday said the problems have been going on for a long time: "He said what happened in Charlottesville is unacceptable".
"There are no two sides".
Trump condemned the events in Charlottesville but failed to specifically point out white supremacists. "All national leaders, from the President and Vice President on down, must explicitly and unequivocally condemn this violent extremism". At his January inauguration, black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests. "We're going to protect the right to assemble and march". "When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and can not be tolerated". So why can't the president, the leader of our nation and the leading voice of the right, call out racists and white supremacists engaging in activities he's called "terrorist" in the past? "The racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic views so boldly on display this weekend are a cancer on our society", Tiven said in a statement.