This week's edition of The 45th newsletter.

President Donald Trump used a press conference on infrastructure overnight to equate activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists responsible for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia at the weekend.

In start contrast to carefully delivered condemnations of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis just 24-hours earlier, Trump told reporters that there is blame on "both sides".

“You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now... Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch," he said.

Republican members of Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio, were among the first to criticise the comments.

David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, wrote in a Twitter post shortly after the president's press conference: "Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth.” 

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