WASHINGTON – Whereas expressing assist for New Zealand because it copes with mass killings at two mosques, President Donald Trump stated Friday he does not see a rising menace from the sorts of white nationalists who’re suspected of involvement within the shootings.

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“I do not actually, I feel it’s a small group of individuals,” Trump instructed reporters on the White Home as he vetoed a congressional decision that had rescinded his declaration of a nationwide emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Authorities in New Zealand have charged Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old white male with white supremacist views, with homicide in Friday’s terrorist assaults at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 folks. Police have detained at the least two different folks.

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Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, criticized Trump’s feedback in a tweet that included a hyperlink to a “listing of white nationalist hate teams” now working in the US.

“Opposite to your misguided perception, @POTUS, white nationalism could be very a lot a rising menace,” Thompson stated.

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Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., instructed CNN he was disillusioned with the president’s feedback: “That sort of dismissal, particularly from the president… I feel is hurtful.”

Earlier than the signing the veto, Trump stated he spoke by telephone with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern “to precise the sorrow of our whole nation” over the “horrible, horrible” taking pictures. 

Earlier within the day, Ardern stated the shooter focused Muslims due to their faith, and she or he issued “the strongest doable condemnation of the ideology of the individuals who did this.”

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“You could have chosen us,” she stated, “however we’re totally reject and condemn you.”

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President Donald Trump talking on Friday.

This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump downplays menace of white nationalism after New Zealand shootings


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