Trump's ambassador to Israel: Charlottesville response 'wasn't fine'

Trump's ambassador to Israel: Charlottesville response 'wasn't fine'
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President Trump’s ambassador to Israel on Wednesday criticized the president's response to the deadly violence earlier this month at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

During an interview with an Israeli television reporter, Ambassador David Friedman said the president is “treated very unfairly in the media.”

But when asked if Trump’s response was “fine,” Friedman replied it was not.

“I think the reaction wasn’t fine, but you know — I’d rather talk about Boeing today,” he told the reporter at an aerospace event, according to The Jerusalem Post.


The ambassador is one of the only Trump administration officials to publicly disapprove of the president’s response to Charlottesville, where one person was killed and 19 were injured after a car allegedly driven by a man with reported ties to white supremacists plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Trump has blamed “both sides” for the violence in the Virginia college town, remarks that equated the actions of groups like neo-Nazis and the KKK with protesters rallying against them. He also said there were “very fine people” on both sides.

Jewish members of Trump’s administration have come under pressure to speak out against those remarks.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVA inspector general says former top official steered M contract to friend Schumer demands answers in use of unproven coronavirus drug on veterans Former Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier MORE, who is Jewish, said last week that Trump had “done a good job speaking for himself” but said it was a “dishonor” to U.S. military veterans to let Nazis go unchallenged.

"It is a dishonor to our country's veterans to allow the Nazis and the white supremacists to go unchallenged," Shulkin said. "And I am strongly against them, and I believe that we have to all speak up as Americans."

Trump’s response to Charlottesville has also roiled Israeli politics.

Many major Israeli newspapers criticized the president’s reaction, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under growing pressure to directly condemn Trump.