In wake of Charlottesville, Pence slams white supremacists and fringe groups

US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (not in frame) at the Presidential guest house in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Pence launches a Latin America tour that has taken on new significance following President Donald Trump's threat of a possible "military option" against Venezuela. The weeklong trip, aimed at coordinating a regional diplomatic action to the political crisis in Caracas, begins in Colombia and also includes Argentina, Chile and Panama. / AFP PHOTO / STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
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Vice President Mike Pence spoke Sunday in Cartagena, Colombia.

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday responded to the violence during a march by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.,

‘‘These dangerous fringe groups’’ have no place in American public life,” he said.

Pence was asked about the violent clashes when he spoke during a news conference in Cartagena, Colombia.


Republicans and Democrats have criticized President Trump’s initial remarks about the violence. Trump did not single out any group but blamed ‘‘many sides’’ for the violence.

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On Sunday, Pence said: ‘‘We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK.’’

Added Pence: ‘‘We condemn them in the strongest possible terms.’’