Trump pledges solidarity with United Kingdom as he condemns 'evil losers' behind attack
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 8:17
"He wants peace", he said.
"So many young lovely, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life", he continued. Trump called those behind the attack "evil losers". They're losers. And we'll have more of them, but they're losers. But they're losers, just remember that.
The president added, "Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed".
In a statement following his call with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Mr. Trump reassured the Prime minister that "Ameircans stand with the people of the United Kingdom" and offered aid in the UK's investigation into the attack.
Trump also called for "all civilized nations" to come together to obliterate "this wicked ideology" and "protect human life".
Abbas also spoke of Palestinian insistence that all "final status issues" be resolved "based on global law" and United Nations resolutions, as well as the Arab Peace Initiative first offered more than a decade ago.
Trump pledged to remain supportive to Israel. The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert which was attended by many young families and groups of children.
Standing alongside Trump, Abbas, 82 and in the 12th year of his original five-year term, said he was determined to deliver an agreement for all Palestinians, although he did not provide any substance on how such an objective could be achieved.
Abbas said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours".
In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalization" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.
The attack was swiftly condemned by top members of the Trump administration.
To applause from an audience of Israeli political and other leaders, the USA president delivered an uncritical paean of praise to Israel. After meetings with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, the president has been pushing the prospect of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
"The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace".
And instead of declaring confidently that he'd get the deal done, Trump expressed hope that he could, saying, "With determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal". "We all know that", Trump said. In the zero-sum lens through which the extremes on both sides approach the conflict, affirming Jews' ties to the land is employed to negate Palestinian claims to the same. The Israeli right welcomed the lack of reference to two- state solution or creation of a Palestinian state in Trump's speech much to the disappointment of several Palestinians.
Trump is due to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the 13th president to visit the Vatican.
The label "loser", used by the President with such arbitrary vagary that the choice to label the death of "beautiful. people" (another favorite phrase of Trump, particularly to describe victims) as an act perpetrated by "evil losers" strikes as not simply insensitive but an unnecessarily aggressive dulling of the pain of others.
During his election campaign, Trump also advocated breaking with decades of precedent and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, alarming Palestinians.