President Trump denounced the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday after protests by white supremacists turned violent.

"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!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump later added: "Am in Bedminster for meetings & press conference on V.A. & all that we have done, and are doing, to make it better-but Charlottesville sad!"

Local and state emergencies were declared Saturday morning as clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters turned violent.

The protests by tiki-torch bearing white supremacists began Friday night at the University of Virginia.

Police ordered both the Friday and Saturday protests to be shut down, declaring them "unlawful."

White supremacist groups had planned a "Unite The Right" rally Saturday to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

First lady Melania Trump was the first from the White House to weigh in.

"Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence," she tweeted before the president's tweet.

Other Republican leaders were quick to denounce the gatherings Saturday morning.

"The hate & bigotry on display in #charlottesville is dangerous & cowardly," Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted.

"The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant," Ryan added. "Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry," House Speaker Paul Ryan added.