The first statements from the White House have trickled out on Twitter since the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted ― beginning with first lady Melania Trump.
FLOTUS tweeted her sentiments about the “hate” coming out of Charlottesville by saying the following:
Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 12, 2017
On Saturday, white supremacists and other fringe groups took over Charlottesville in preparation for a “Unite the Right” rally that has turned violent. The rally of the so-called alt-right was then met with Antifa counter-protesters and skirmishes ensued.
The violence and subsequent swarm of riot police making arrests, have caused a state of emergency in the state:
BREAKING: Virginia governor declares state of emergency in response to white nationalist rally.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2017
President Donald Trump made a public statement about the rally, a little under an hour later, tweeting that the country has “no place for this kind of violence”:
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
The president is currently on a 17-day “working vacation” at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
This piece has been updated.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.