Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville ‘not fine,’ U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman says

Donald Trump, right, along with his attorney David Friedman, left, exiting the Federal Building following their appearance in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, New Jersey, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (Bradley C Bower/Bloomberg News via Getty Images)

Donald Trump, right, along with his attorney David Friedman, left, exiting the Federal Building following their appearance in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, New Jersey, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (Bradley C Bower/Bloomberg News via Getty Images)

(JTA) – David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel and a long-time friend and bankruptcy lawyer of President Donald Trump, said Trump’s reaction to the deadly violence at a far-right rally in Charlottesville “wasn’t fine,” but he also faulted the media for being unfair to the president.

Trump is doing a “great job,” Friedman told Israel’s Channel 10 News in an interview. “He’s treated very unfairly in the media; people should give him a chance.”

Asked about the deadly Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, when an alleged white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd, killing one person during counter-protests, Friedman said, “These incidents don’t reflect who he is, what the U.S. administration is.”

Pressed by a reporter as to whether Trump’s reaction was “fine,” Friedman said, “I think the reaction wasn’t fine.”

Trump’s first reaction after the attack was to say “many sides” – white supremacists and counter-protesters – were to blame. Two days later he named white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as responsible, but the following day he said there were “very fine people” on both sides.

“I’d rather talk about Boeing today,” Friedman told the reporter. He was celebrating the arrival of El Al’s first Boeing 787.

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