President Donald Trump responded to the suspected terror attack in Manchester, England, where an explosion Monday evening at an Ariana Grande concert killed at least 22 and injured at least 59, by showcasing his solidarity with the British people and excoriating the unidentified suspects.
“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,” he said Tuesday morning while speaking in Bethlehem alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as part of his 9-day overseas tour.
“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are, they’re losers.”
“And we’ll have more of them,” he continued, referencing his belief that terrorism is a growing — not waning — threat. “But they’re losers — just remember that.”
British authorities believed by Tuesday morning that the attack had been committed by a lone suicide bomber.
What remained unknown was whether the bomber acted alone or had been assisted in some capacity or another by someone else.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2017
ISIS reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent Tuesday morning via the social messaging app Telegram.
“One of the soldiers of the Caliphate was able to place an explosive device within a gathering of the Crusaders in the city of Manchester,” the message reportedly read.
There were also uncorroborated reports by CBS News that the attacker had been a 23-year-old named Salman Abedi who was known to British authorities, though the reasons for their previous interest in him remained unclear.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 23, 2017
Continuing his speech Tuesday, the U.S. president took direct aim at terrorists.
“The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever,” he said. “This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”
His words echoed a statement he made Sunday at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia, where he emphasized the need for the world’s governments to fight together against “the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups.”
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Source: Western Journalism