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Rick Santorum, a former Republican senator and long-time backer of President Donald Trump, said on Aug. 21 that he has concerns about Trump's presidency.

Santorum stated that Trump's response to the violence at a rally involving white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, had raised questions, according to Raw Story.

"He's got a window of opportunity to try to right the ship here, obviously tonight he's going to try to do that with [a prime time speech on] Afghanistan," Santorum told CNN in an interview. "He's got to … start showing that he can govern and can bring people together to get things done."

Santorum made his comments on the same day that Trump returned to Washington after his 17-day working vacation.

"Heading back to Washington after working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest fake news reporting I have ever seen," Trump wrote in an Aug. 20 tweet, according to NPR.

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Trump has been accused of defending neo-Nazis during his vacation when he blamed the Charlottesville violence on "both sides" and stated that there were "very fine people" among the white supremacist demonstrators.

Corporate CEOs reacted to Trump's comments by stepping down from their positions on White House advisory boards.

Following a large demonstration in Boston on Aug. 19 against far-right protesters, Trump took a different stance than a week earlier.

"I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate," tweeted Trump on Aug. 19. "Our country will soon come together as one."

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Changes have taken place in the White House during Trump's vacation. Stephen Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist, left his position on Aug. 18 by mutual consent with the president's chief of staff, retired General John Kelly.

Trump prepared for his speech on Afghanistan by meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis and other leading military figures at Camp David on Aug. 18.

But the issue of Charlottesville could quickly return as Trump plans to hold a campaign rally in phoenix on Aug. 22. The city's democratic Mayor Greg Stanton has complained about the plan.

"I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville," Stanton stated.

Stanton alleged that Trump could use the rally as an occasion to announce a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who faces up to six months in jail for ignoring a court order to stop immigration patrols.

Arpaio is a Trump supporter and the president, when asked about Arpaio's case on Fox News, indicated he was considering pardoning him.

"It will be clear his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation," added Stanton.

Sources: Raw Story, NPR / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Donald J. Trump/Twitter

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