Minutes ago Trump tweeted he just spoke with the New Zealand Prime Minister, but again refused to label the slaughter of Muslims terrorism. One of the terror suspects is a white nationalist and a white supremacist.
Instead, Trump tippy-toed around it, calling the act of terror, "horrific events that have taken place over the past 24 hours."
....that we stand in solidarity with New Zealand – and that any assistance the U.S.A. can give, we stand by ready to help. We love you New Zealand!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
The White House did issue a statement Friday morning, again refusing to use the word terror or terrorism. Instead, they opted to call them, "the attack in Christchurch."
Meanwhile White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp appears to have lied to reporters earlier today when asked about the White House's response, especially in the light of the fact the suspect named President Trump as, essentially, a role model for his actions.
Schlapp not only appeared to scold reporters for the suspect's words, but then told reporters President Donald Trump "has made it very clear that this is a terrorist attack."
“It's outrageous to even make that connection between this deranged individual that committed this evil crime to the president,” WH Dir. of Strategic Comms @mercedesschlapp rejected reports that the shooter of two New Zealand mosques cited @realDonaldTrump in his manifesto pic.twitter.com/0FhytMH3l3
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 15, 2019
NCRM can find no evidence to support that claim – certainly none in the President's tweets, nor even in White House statements.
The White House is welcome to respond to NCRM directly.
UPDATE: 3:57 PM ET –
President Trump spoke with reporters in the Oval Office minutes ago. We're awaiting full remarks but it again appears he did not use the word "terrorism":
Per pool: Trump called the terror attack a "horrible, horrible thing" and said he called the PM to convey US "sorrow," then turned to “crimes of all kinds coming through our southern border.” He added, "People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 15, 2019
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