President Donald Trump strongly condemned violent extremism and reviled the “evil losers” who committed Monday night’s attack in Manchester, England, during a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday morning.
The Islamic State took credit for the suicide bombing, which occurred at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena and killed at least 22 victims — including children — while injuring at least 59 others. Promising that “we stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,” Trump reaffirmed that the U.S. will not tolerate acts of terrorism and any people who provide resources to terrorists.
“The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever.”
“This is what I’ve spent these last few days talking about during my trip overseas,” Trump said. “Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed. We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. And in today’s attack, it was mostly innocent children.”
“I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims,” Trump added.
Just one day before the attack, Trump delivered a highly anticipated and well-received speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which he called upon Muslim-majority nations to lead the fight against violent extremism. The president also called for unity among the world’s three major religions so they all could work together in stamping out threats of terrorism.
“The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever,” Trump said. “This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated. And the innocent life must be protected, all innocent lives.”
“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,” Trump added. “I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them.”
The White House Office of the Press Secretary released a readout of Trump’s phone call with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, in which Trump offered his condolences to the U.K. and pledged U.S. support for the country as it mourns.
“The two leaders agreed that this attack—which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event—was particularly wanton and depraved,” the statement read. “The President reassured the Prime Minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism. He offered American aid in the United Kingdom’s investigation and vowed to continue the mutual fight against terrorism.”
Both Trump and May commended the “courage, speed and professionalism” of the first responders who aided the wounded in Manchester and supported the survivors and families.
“The President said he looks forward to seeing Prime Minister May in person this week and discussing America’s unbreakable commitment to the United Kingdom and the ways both countries can work with allies and partners around the world to defeat terrorism,” the readout concluded.