He made the comments in an interview Sunday with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Heather Heyer died 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 rally’s purpose was to condemn a decision by the city to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Federal law enforcement authorities have started a civil rights investigation into a deadly car crash in Charlottesville that left one protester dead and several others injured.
The FBI said in a statement late Saturday that it is collecting facts and evidence in an ongoing investigation.