GOP senator: Trump has 'obviously reflected' on his Charlottesville remarks

GOP senator: Trump has 'obviously reflected' on his Charlottesville remarks
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs Congress should prioritize diversity so government reflects Americans MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday he believes President Trump has "reflected" on his controversial remarks that failed to directly condemn white supremacists following violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

"He's obviously reflected on what he has said, on his intentions and the perception of those comments," Scott told CBS News in an interview set to air Wednesday night.

Scott, the only African-American Republican senator, met with Trump on Wednesday to talk about his response to the violence in Charlottesville as well as a broader discussion on race. 


When asked whether the president regrets how he handled the violent fallout, Scott said Trump felt his message did not come off as he "intended."

"I'll let him discuss how he feels about it, but he was certainly very clear that the perception that he received on his comments was not exactly what he intended with those comments," Scott told CBS.

The Republican lawmaker had initially slammed Trump for his failing to directly condemn the hate groups, saying he would not "defend the indefensible" and that the president's "moral authority is compromised" by his response.

Trump was roundly criticized for his response to the violence after white supremacists converged on Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, resulting in dozens of injuries and the death of one counterprotester.

"What I wanted to get out of the conversation was a focus on fairness and opportunity," Scott said of his talk with Trump on Wednesday. "Most people of color and frankly all Americans, want to be treated fairly in this nation, and they want access to opportunities."