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Trump blames terrorists for attacks in Turkey and Germany



By on December 20, 2016

By Darlene Superville

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jumping ahead of investigators, President-elect Donald Trump is blaming Islamic terrorists for deadly violence in Turkey and Germany and vowing anew to eradicate their regional and global networks.

Authorities in both countries were still investigating Monday when Trump issued a pair of statements condemning the attacks, the same day the Electoral College formally awarded him the presidency.

In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 file photo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. China said Saturday its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea but it would give the drone back. But Trump tweeted later that the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!" This comes after United States officials had confirmed that they "secured an understanding" for the return of the device. Trump's evening tweet may extend one of the most serious incidents between the American and the Chinese militaries in years. (Evan Vucci, File/AP)

In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 file photo, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (Evan Vucci, File/AP)

By Tuesday morning, Trump was back on Twitter striking out at an insult from Bill Clinton. The former president told a suburban New York City newspaper this month that Trump “doesn’t know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.”

The Bedford-Pound Ridge Record Review also reported that Bill Clinton claimed that Trump called him after his election victory over Hillary Clinton.

“Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations),” Trump said in a two-part tweet.

The president-elect added that Bill Clinton is the one who “‘doesn’t know much’… especially how to get people, even with an unlimited budget, out to vote in the vital swing states (and more).” The Clinton campaign, he said, “focused on the wrong states.”

That was Trump’s reminder that he defeated Hillary Clinton in such battlegrounds as Pennsylvania and scored surprise victories elsewhere — such as Wisconsin.

The tweets came after a rattling day of violence around the world.

Trump called the brazen shooting of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey “a violation of all rules of civilized order.” He added that a “radical Islamic terrorist” had assassinated the diplomat, Andrei Karlov.

Turkish authorities identified the gunman as Mevlut Mert Altintas, a member of Ankara’s riot police squad, and said he was later killed in a shootout with police. Altintas shouted in Turkish about the Syrian city of Aleppo and also yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”

Read more: Police uncertain they have right suspect in Berlin attack

As for Berlin, where at least 12 people were killed and nearly 50 hurt when a truck plowed through a Christmas market, Trump said the Islamic State group “and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.”

He added that these terrorists and their networks “must be eradicated from the face of the Earth” and pledged to carry out that mission with “all freedom-loving partners.”

He later tweeted: “Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany — and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!” In Zurich, police said three people were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the prayer hall of a mosque before killing himself. But Swiss police said they found no indication the suspect had terrorist ties or had been radicalized.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said of the Berlin violence, “we must, as things stand, assume it was a terrorist attack.”

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