US car-ramming is 'terror' says Trump aide

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter protesters at a Virginia rally in the US.

White nationalist demonstrators clash with counter protesters at a Virginia rally in the US.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the violence that broke out in Virginia "meets the definition of terrorism".

Heather Heyer died on Saturday in Charlottesville when a car rammed into a group of people who were protesting the presence of white supremacists who had gathered in the city for a rally.

The car's driver, James Alex Fields Jr was charged with second-degree murder and other counts.

H.R. McMaster told ABC's This Week that "anytime that you commit an attack against people to incite fear, it is terrorism".

McMaster called it "a criminal act against fellow Americans. A criminal act that may have been motivated - and we'll see what's turned up in this investigation - by this hatred and bigotry, which I mentioned we have to extinguish in our nation."

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer also said the killing of the 32-year-old woman was a "terrorist attack".

He made the comments in an interview on Sunday with NBC's Meet the Press.

The rally's purpose was to condemn a decision by the city to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Latest From 7News

feedback