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President Donald Trump speaks at the National Convention of the American Legion, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump said America 'has no division too deep to heal' while addressing vets in Nevada


Updated August 23, 2017 02:05 PM EDT

President Trump speaks at the American Legion national convention.

Updated August 23, 2017 02:27 PM EDT

President Trump on Wednesday called for unity among all Americans during a speech in Reno.

"It is time to heal the wounds that divide us and seek a new unity based on the common values that unite us," he said at the American Legion national convention.

"We are one people with one home and one great flag," Trump continued. "We are not defined by the color of our skin."

"I know I speak for you that our hearts beat for America. Our souls fill with pride every time we hear the National Anthem. This is the spirit we need to overcome our challenges."

Trump added that America has "no division too deep to heal" and "no enemy too strong to overcome" in his closing remarks to the military veterans organization.

Trump vowed, however, that Americans "would never tolerate crime in our cities" or "bloodshed in our communities."

"We will not stand for it," he said. "We will always support our great law enforcement personnel."

Trump remained largely focused on military veterans' issues during Wednesday's remarks, touting his administration's achievements on their challenges and speaking in broad, patriotic language.

The president's latest speech was in contrast to his fiery, campaign-style rally in Phoenix the night before, an event which ended in thousands of people protesting in the city's streets afterwards.

Trump derided America's media during the event, lambasting them for its coverage of his response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.

"They don't report the facts," he said. "Just like they don't want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence, and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK."

Trump did not return to his remarks earlier this month that "many sides" were responsible for the chaos in Charlottesville, a claim that garnered bipartisan backlash.

White nationalists descended upon Charlottesville earlier this month to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee there.

One person died the following day when a car drove into counter-protesters opposing them, and two Virginia State troopers were killed in a helicopter crash authorities linked to the unrest.

Critics argued that Trump did not forcefully condemn white nationalists for their role in the incident, potentially fueling their efforts in the future.

President Trump on Wednesday is scheduled to address the American Legion’s national convention in Reno, Nevada.

USA Today reported that the American Legion is the largest war time veterans group in the U.S. and has a long history of inviting presidents to speak before its members.

Trump previously addressed the group during the 2016 presidential campaign, as did Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday’s speech is one of several events this week displaying his administration’s commitment to military veterans’ issues.

USA Today reported Wednesday that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin arrived in Reno the day before.

Shulkin met with military veteran community leaders and signed a resolution aimed at helping stop veteran suicides.

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