FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says “it’s very frustrating” that it took President Donald Trump two days to specifically denounce white supremacy in the wake of a deadly clash in Virginia.
The Republican freshman senator spoke to reporters after a town hall meeting of about 100 people in Fort Dodge in northwest Iowa. Trump finally condemned hate groups by name on Monday, after first offering a less specific criticism of groups involved in Saturday’s protests in Charlottesville.
Ernst credited Trump with adequately addressing the problem Monday, but wished it hadn’t taken so long.
She said the statement was “strong,” but that “I wish he had been right out the gate with that.”
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