NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - President Donald Trump has taken criticism from both sides of the aisle for his comments blaming both white supremacists and counter-protestors for the violence in Virginia. Now members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are weighing in with a rare and very public rebuke, if not by name.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said: "The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks."
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller wrote that there is "no place for racial hatred or extremism in @USMC."
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson tweeted: "@USNavy forever stands against intolerance & hatred."
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein wrote: "We're always stronger together-it's who we are as #airmen."
President Trump's views on the violence that left one counter protestor dead are also isolating him from business executives of his advisory councils. The president abruptly dissolved the groups before they broke up on their own.
He tweeted: "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the manufacturing council & strategy & policy forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!"
That was a much different tone from the Tuesday news conference when he said, "Some of the folks that will leave -- they're leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside."
The criticism mounted from the Left and Right. Both presidents Bush released a joint statement saying, in part, "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms."
Another sign of trouble in the west wing: Vice President Pence cut short his trip to South America. But he did not break with his boss, saying: "I stand with the president and I stand by those words."
A new white supremacist rally is scheduled for later this month in Lexington, Kentucky. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said in a statement, "We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred" and added "there are no good neo-Nazis."