Trump denounces ‘horrible massacre’ in New Zealand

Trump denounces ‘horrible massacre’ in New Zealand

In a tweet, President Donald Trump mourned the shootings in New Zealand, which killed 49 and injured 48, as a senseless loss of life and offered support to the country. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images White House Trump denounces 'horrible massacre' in New Zealand By CAITLIN OPRYSKO 03/15/2019 08:22 AM EDT Updated 03/15/2019 11:45 AM EDT 2019-03-15T11:45-0400 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump on Friday offered his “warmest sympathies” to the people of New Zealand after a gunman killed at least 49 people in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand police say a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder for the attacks in which a shooter opened fire on two mosques full of worshippers at Friday prayer, livestreaming video of the attack that killed 49 and injured 48 others. They said two more have been arrested in connection with what they called an “unprecedented” attack, and that they had defused explosive devices in a car.Story Continued Below In a tweet, President Donald Trump mourned the shootings as a senseless loss of life and offered support to New Zealand. “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” he wrote. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said in a statement that “the United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch,” adding that “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.” Trump will be reaching out to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern later in the afternoon to discuss the attack, White House strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp said Friday. “I just spoke with the president,” Schlapp said in an interview on Fox News. “He made it very clear this is an act of terror, this is a horrific, evil crime especially targeting these innocent lives at a place of worship.” Politics Obama on New Zealand massacre: We 'must stand against hatred in all its forms' By REBECCA MORIN The Associated Press reported that a man claiming responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto explaining his reasoning for the attack, saying that he was an Australian and a white supremacist. Ardern called the mass shooting “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence” and said the attacks were “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” She also hinted at an anti-immigrant motive, saying in a news conference that the culprits likely hold “extremist views,” that they “have absolut
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