President Trump on Tuesday condemned the perpetrators behind the Manchester attack as “evil losers” as he offered his condolences to the victims of the Manchester terror attack. The explosion killed 22 people and injured 59 others. Trump reiterated a call to drive out terrorists and voiced solidarity with the UK against terrorists.
“I would like to extend my condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack, to the many killed and the families, so many families of the victims,” Trump said. “We stand in absolute solidarity with people of the United Kingdom.”
“So many young beautiful and innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life,” he said on Tuesday, speaking from the occupied West Bank.
“I won’t call them monsters because they’d like that term. They’d think that’s a great name,” he said. “I will call them from now on ‘losers,’ because that’s what they are. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.”
Trump would later contact British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences.
“They’re losers, not monsters.” Trump condemns perpetrators behind Manchester bombing.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president — who is on the second leg of his first international trip — has been receiving updates from US national security officials on the situation throughout the morning.
The president made his comments as he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem to discuss a Mideast peace deal.
“And interesting that our meeting took place on this horrible morning of death to innocent young people,” Trump said. “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice.”
Trump urged other leaders to help “drive out” extremists from their countries.
“We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people, and in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children,” he said. “The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever.”
This is not the first time a terrorist attack coincided with a foreign trip of an American president.
In March 2016, President Barack Obama was visiting Cuba when coordinated attacks in Brussels left 35 dead and dozens more injured. At the time of the attacks, President Obama stood in solidarity with Belgium.
Obama addressed the tragedy, but continued with his trip, drawing criticism from some Republicans, including then-candidate Donald Trump.
“President Obama looks and sounds so ridiculous making his speech in Cuba, especially in the shadows of Brussels. He is being treated badly!” Trump tweeted, the Washington Post reported.