Gov. Larry Hogan criticized President Donald J. Trump’s comments on the conflict between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., when the president blamed both sides for the violence.
“I think he made a terrible mistake,” Hogan told reporters in Annapolis after a Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday.
Hogan, a Republican governor in a state where the party is outnumbered by Democrats 2 to 1, has been judicious in his criticism of the Republican president. But in recent months he has publicly disagreed with Trump on occasion.
During the public works meeting, Hogan reiterated his concern about the events that unfolded in Virginia over the weekend. A rally by Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists drew counter-protesters. One counter-protester was killed when a Neo-Nazi sympathizer drove a car into a crowd; two state police officers monitoring the scene died when their helicopter crashed.