Thune, Noem, Rounds respond to Trump's fiery comments over violence in Virginia

Published: Aug. 16, 2017 at 10:33 PM CDT
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In a Tweet, President Donald Trump announces he is dissolving two of his presidential business councils as corporate leaders and poiticians distance themselves from his recent remarks on Charlottesville.

The reaction is part of the continued fallout from violence over the weekend and Trump's fiery press conference on Tuesday.

KSFY News caught up with members of South Dakota's delegation to get their response to all of this.

"I wish he would have stayed with his Monday statement," Senator John Thune said.

After blaming 'many sides' for the violence on Saturday, Trump stayed silent for about 48 hours. On Monday, Trump's speech blamed the violence on the 'alt-right' and neo-nazi groups who initiated the protest.

"I think he confused it yesterday and I don't think there's a more equivalence between neo-Nazis and other groups is an indefensible statement," Thune said.

While Rounds admits he didn't see that particular news conference, he had this to say:

"Right now, what we should be focusing on is what we know is wrong. The far right, the neo-nazis in this country, there's no place for them here. That message shoul dbe sent. That should be clear. It should be our focus rihgt now," Senator Mike Rounds said.

Congresswoman Noem agrees with Rounds and Thune. They all say we need to focus less on what was said and push forward.

" Charlotesville was a tragic event. The President's responce to it has been widely critized. Some things he's said create more confusion and generate distractions. Some things aren't in the most consturctive to get our work done. The key is to stay focused on the agenda. Not get caught up in the hourly news cycle. Work on the big things he was elected to do fo rthe American people," Thune said.

Wednesday night, Steve Bannon broke his sielnce on the violence in Virginia describing the participants as "a collection of clowns".