President Trump mentioned Friday he would not view white nationalism as a rising risk after the lethal terror assault in New Zealand that left 49 folks useless was carried out by a white supremacist who left behind a racist manifesto calling his victims “invaders.”
“I do not actually,” Trump mentioned from the Oval Workplace after being requested by a reporter. “I believe it is a small group of people who have very, very critical issues, I assume.”
The remark got here shortly after Trump vetoed a decision to cease his nationwide emergency declaration and plan to make use of Protection Division funds to pay for a wall on the southern border.
“Folks hate the phrase ‘invasion,’ however that’s what it’s,” Trump mentioned, referring to undocumented immigrants on the US–Mexico border. “It is an invasion of medicine and criminals and other people — we don’t know who they’re however we seize them.”
Whereas the president talked about attempting to curtail undocumented immigration within the US, reporters requested whether or not white nationalism throughout the globe seemed to be a rising risk.
“In the event you take a look at what occurred in New Zealand, maybe that is the case,” Trump continued. “I do not know sufficient about it but.”
The gunman within the New Zealand assault on two mosques livestreamed video of the lethal mass capturing and left behind a prolonged manifesto during which he defined his motivation for attacking Muslim immigrants, repeatedly referring to them as “invaders” of Europe.
Requested whether or not he had seen the manifesto written by the alleged gunman, Trump, who mentioned he grew to become conscious of the occasions Friday morning, indicated he had not.
Earlier Friday, Muslim leaders within the US known as on Trump to “clearly condemn” the New Zealand assault and requested the White Home to strongly push again towards rising anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments within the US and around the globe.
“Mr. Trump, your phrases matter, your insurance policies matter,” Nihad Awad, founding father of the Council on American–Islamic Relations, mentioned throughout a press convention. “You must condemn this not solely as a hate crime, however as a white supremacist terrorist assault. You might want to guarantee us American Muslims that we’re protected, and you’ll not tolerate any bodily assault towards us, once more.”
The president’s feedback from the Oval Workplace weren’t the primary time he has downplayed white nationalism.
Trump was extensively criticized for his remarks after a person drove a automotive right into a crowd of counterprotesters throughout a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, killing a lady.
“I believe there’s blame on either side,” the president mentioned throughout a press convention when requested concerning the white nationalist assault. “You had some very unhealthy folks in that group, however you additionally had people who had been very high-quality folks, on either side.”
On Friday, the White Home issued an announcement condemning the assault in New Zealand, and Trump tweeted that he had known as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to supply help to the nation.
At a press convention shortly after in New Zealand, Ardern confirmed talking with Trump, recalling that when the president requested what the US may do for help, she answered, “my message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.”
Requested if she agreed with Trump’s assertion that white nationalism was not a rising risk, Ardern flatly responded, “No.”