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Onboard Air Force One, President Trump was asked about Antifa and a meeting he had recently with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R).

Trump was asked if Scott, the first black Republican senator since Reconstruction, pressed Trump on his reaction to Charlottesville violence and his perceived lack of black leaders in his administration.

Trump said he discussed both points with Scott, adding that he sees himself as further vindicated following his reaction to white supremacist violence in Thomas Jefferson's hometown.

"In light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what's going on there, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also," he said, recalling his "both sides" comments in August.

"And, essentially, that's what I said. Now, because of what's happening since then with Antifa... a lot of people are saying 'Gee, Trump might have a point'," he said.

Trump said he supported Scott while still a businessman in New York, and that he supports the Charlestonian's legislation calling for new construction and jobs programs in underprivileged areas.

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