While President Trump is frequently attacked for tweeting his comments and opinions on events, he is now being criticized for not publicly reacting on a bombing at a Minnesota mosque.
The bomb, which according to the FBI was a homemade explosive device, tore through the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center Saturday and was called an “act of terrorism” by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. But the president has not issued any statements since the attack, which did not injure anyone, nor has he commented on Twitter, something many expected him to do.
Trump’s deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, defended the president’s silence during an MSNBC interview Tuesday and suggested waiting until the facts and motive behind the attack were known.
“Will the White House be commenting on it?” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Gorka.
“When we have some kind of finalized investigation, absolutely,” he replied.
“There’s a great rule: all initial reports are false,” Gorka continued. “You have to check them. You have to find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed—alleged hate crimes—by right-wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left.”
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He added, “Let’s wait and see. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”
Ruhle referred to Trump’s quick comments on the recent London terror attack before more details had emerged as an example of the president’s previous behavior.
“Sometimes an attack is unequivocally clear for what it is. When somebody shouts Allahu Akbar as they’re stabbing a police officer, it’s pretty clear it’s not a case of the mafia robbing a bank. Wouldn’t you say so?” Gorka responded.
Perhaps the bombing of a mosque was considered “fuzzy ground” by Gorka, MSNBC host Ali Velshi countered.
“When you’ve had people fake hate crimes in the last six months with some regularity, I think it’s wise, don’t you, to find out what exactly is going on before you make statements, when in fact they can turn out to be not who you are expecting?” Gorka said.
Ruhle continued pressing Gorka, pointing to several tweets by the president since the Minnesota bombing and asking again why he has been tight-lipped, apparently missing the hypocrisy of asking Trump to do exactly what the left-wing media regularly slams him for doing.
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“I’m not going to give social media advice to a man who basically won the election in large part thanks to his understanding of social media,” Gorka replied.
“So just hold your horses. Count to ten. And the president will do what he deems fit,” he said.
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