Mr Trump announced the disbanding of his two councils - the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted many of the top corporate leaders in America - amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over his decision to equate the actions of white supremacists with those of protesters. These days they march in broad daylight, Confederate flags fluttering, to demand that their icons - such as pro-slavery General Robert E Lee - continue to be commemorated with statues.
But Kelly stood with his eyes fixed on the floor when Trump veered off-script at his Manhattan office tower on Tuesday.
The neo-Nazis once relegated to the shadows, and all the young white men considering that path, heard loud and clear that they are on to something, that their view of the world deserves a place in the debate.
Which side-the white nationalists or the counter-protesters-bears greater responsibility for the Charlottesville violence, which directly resulted in the death of a 32-year-old counter-protester? You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.
'We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country'.
After seeing Trump's news conference, Bro said it was too late for apologies. Even on Fox News, two black commentators cried and implored the president to take it back.
-5:45 p.m.: Richard Trumka, president of the labor group AFL-CIO and Thea Lee, economist at the AFL-CIO, resign.
" I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing".
"When you see evil, you have to condemn it and do it in no uncertain terms", Steineke said. Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama each have more than 100 Confederate symbols each.
Some of Trump's harshest Republican critics in Wisconsin were freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, a former Marine from Green Bay, and state Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke.
White House officials hoping to put the controversy behind them, worried the conference would revive and intensify the controversy.