Trump in Mideast condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 18:33
President Trump offered his "deepest condolences" on Tuesday to the victims of a suicide bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, northern England, and ridiculed the still-unidentified bomber as an "evil loser".
President Trump said the USA stood in "absolute solidarity" with the United Kingdom and slammed the "evil losers" behind Monday night's apparent terrorist attack in Manchester, England.
The president, now on a trip to the Middle East, denounced those responsible for the suicide attack at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert as "evil losers".
"I will call them from now on "losers", because that is what they are".
"The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever", said Trump, speaking after a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "And we'll have more of them, but they're losers, just remember that". "We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said.
"This wicked ideology must be obliterated", he declared.
"I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace", Trump said in a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. He wouldn't go as far as calling the perpetrators "monsters", he said, because they would probably "think that's a great name". The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr Lewis Lukens said in a Twitter statement, 'I share the sadness & shock of everyone in the United Kingdom following the horrific act of terror targeted at innocent families in Manchester.
"Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed".
"Meeting you in the White House earlier this month given us hope... and optimism of the possibility to make the long-standing dream of lasting peace come true", the Palestinian leader said, who is keen to convince the unpredictable president of the importance of creating an independent Palestinian state.
During meetings with Netanyahu on Monday, Trump focused attention on the threat from Iran but also talked about the opportunities for peace in the region and how Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations were shifting their stance, potentially opening a window towards a regional agreement. "We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated, causing this atrocity".
If confirmed as a terror incident, it would be the deadliest attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people.