Saturday, 19 August, 2017

White House remains silent following Minnesota mosque bombing

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The idea that reporting suspicious incidents could leave people being labeled as "Islamophobic" has to end, Gorka said.

When asked by Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle why Trump and the White House haven't issued a statement, Gorka responded, "There's a great rule: All initial reports are false".

"I find this comment outrageous and offensive".

"Look, we're not going to say we have a crystal ball, but when the president, when his cabinet members, say this is a grave threat, you need to take that statement at face value", Dr. Gorka said in response to whether North Korea posed a threat to Seattle.

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle interrupted with an objection, but Gorka continued to dispute decades of evidence gathered by US law enforcement. "So let's wait and see, let's allow the local authorities to provide their assessment, and then the White House will make its comments". When a mosque in Quebec City was attacked by a Canadian-born man, the only comment from the White House came after reporters asked about it during a press briefing.

He also suggested that the crime might not be a terrorist attack because of previous instances of "fake hate crimes".

An improvised explosive device was thrown into the imam's office at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, severely damaging it, but not resulting in any casualties early Saturday. "We are wondering why President Trump has not tweeted about this", Asad Zaman, director of the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, told BuzzFeed News.

And Trump certainly has had time to.

Dayton's decision to call the attack "an attack of terrorism" has drawn accolades from the Muslim-American community.

In January, Trump did not comment on an attack on a mosque in Quebec, Canada which that left six dead.

A blustery Gorka expanded on what Trump said by using colorful language of his own.

White House Deputy Assistant Sebastian Gorka blamed former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for the rise of North Korea, and said the U.S.is now "paying the price of that appeasement of Pyongyang".

When a Filipino casino was attacked in June, Trump called the incident and example of "what is going on throughout the world with terror".

Following Trump's comments warning North Korea against continuing their nuclear threats on Tuesday - and Pyongyang's response - the USA president took to Twitter early Wednesday to boast about America's powerful nuclear arsenal.

Soon after he made the statement, authorities in the Philippines said the incident was linked to a robbery, not terrorism. It's something the president also seems good at doing.

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