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Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding President Trump's Charlottesville comments

MIAMI (August 16, 2017)

It was very disappointing to hear President Trump essentially take back his comments from Monday condemning white supremacists and their actions in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. There should be no ambiguity about what took place in Charlottesville. A young woman lost her life, several others were injured, and hatred and bigotry were on display.

Miami-Dade County is Florida's most-populous and diverse community with over 60 percent of our 2.7 million residents being born outside of the United States. There is no ambiguity for Miamians. We draw strength from our diversity and reject the hatred and violence that was on display in Charlottesville.

I urge President Trump to unequivocally condemn white supremacists and their actions, which serve to only divide and instill fear among Americans rather than promote love and understanding.