Ex-Trump aide Marc Short: Trump's 'mixed messages' after Charlottesville rally were 'unfortunate and wrong'

Ex-Trump aide Marc Short: Trump's 'mixed messages' after Charlottesville rally were 'unfortunate and wrong'
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Former White House aide Marc Short on Sunday acknowledged the White House handled its response to last year's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., poorly.

"The White House didn’t handle it as well as it could have from a [public relations] perspective," Short said on ABC's "This Week."

Short, who left his post as White House legislative affairs director last month, said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE mixed up his messaging, but refuted assertions that the president has never called out white supremacists by name.


He noted that the president gave a statement condemning racism and hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

"So we say the president didn’t call it out by name but he did," Short said. "We mixed the messages which was unfortunate and wrong but the president did call it out and too often we don’t actually remember that."

Anchor Jon Karl noted that in the same remarks, Trump asserted there were "very fine people" on both sides in last year's white nationalist rally and that there was blame on "both sides" for the violence.

Short reiterated that the White House mixed up its messaging, calling Trump's remarks "unfortunate."

Short was hired at the University of Virginia after leaving the White House, but faced pushback from faculty there for his role in the Trump administration.

This weekend marks the anniversary of last year's rally in Charlottesville. Hundreds of people are expected to attend a sequel rally in Washington, D.C., both to protest and counterprotest.

Trump tweeted on Saturday that he condemns "all types of racism."