Utah Senator Orrin Hatch tells a reporter, ''I know Donald Trump. I don't think there's a racist bone in his body'' in response to criticism over the president's handling of violent clashes in Virginia between white nationalists and counter-protesters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said in an interview, "I know Donald Trump. I don't think there's a racist bone in his body" after criticism erupted over the president's handling of violent clashes in Virginia between white nationalists and counter-protesters. The clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters confronted Trump with perhaps the first true domestic crisis of his young administration. And to some, even within his own Republican Party, he came up short. It followed days of blustery threats toward North Korea that rattled some Americans and unnerved allies. Both are the kinds of white-knuckle challenges that define presidents - and which Trump largely has avoided during the first months of his tenure. As images of rising tensions and a deadly car rampage in Charlottesville filled TV screens nationwide, the president was criticized first for waiting too long to address the violence and then, when he did so, failing to explicitly condemn the white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee.