The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president's initial, equivocal response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va. last month.
It calls on the Trump administration to use every tool available to address the growing number of those groups in the country, to investigate all acts of intimidation and domestic terrorism by them, and to prevent future violence.
Scott said after their 40 minute meeting in the Oval Office, he thinks Trump "got it".
But just one day later, Trump doubled down, saying that both sides were to blame.
White House officials also sent reporters a photograph of the Scott meeting with the president, but accidentally misspelt his first name as "Tom".
Details about their conversation were not discussed publicly, however Sanders said it was "certainly a conversation that Sen". President Trump remains committed to positive race relations and looks forward to continuing the dialogue with Senator Scott, the African American community, and leaders from diverse communities across the country, all of which have a wealth of perspectives and experiences with respect to this issue. I think they do.
Trump later said that "many sides" were responsible for the violence at the rally, angering Republicans and Democrats in the national spotlight.
Words, Scott told Trump, are "containers of power. and there is no more powerful voice than the President of the United States without question". Mr Trump defended Confederate monuments last month. Scott said that response diminished the president's "moral authority".
President Trump dragged out the controversy, reading a statement criticizing the "KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups", then spending the next few days making it clear he resented being forced to do so. Pulling notes from the pocket of his jacket and launching into a long rehash of how he'd responded to the mayhem in Virginia, Trump made clear where he stood: The "totally dishonest" media "was having a hard time" with his condemnation of the violence "because I said everything".
The House version of the bill was introduced by Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) and the Senate version was introduced by Sen.