Trump con­demns at­tack on Chris­tians

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has vowed to crush “evil or­gan­i­sa­tions of ter­ror” fol­low­ing an at­tack on Cop­tic Chris­tians in Egypt that killed more than two dozen peo­ple.

Ter­ror­ists were “en­gaged in a war against civil­i­sa­tion”, he said and de­cried the “mer­ci­less slaugh­ter” in Egypt.

Mr Trump said the ma­chine­gun at­tack near Cairo on a bus­load of Chris­tians, in­clud- ing chil­dren, would steel the na­tion’s re­solve to de­stroy ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions and ex­pose “their de­praved, twisted and thug­gish ide­ol­ogy”.

The Pres­i­dent said the US would stand with Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah el-Sissi, who vowed to strike back at the train­ing bases of Is­lamic State mil­i­tants sus­pected of wag­ing the at­tacks.

Pres­i­dent el-Sissi said in a tele­vised ad­dress: “I di­rect my appeal to Pres­i­dent Trump: I trust you, your word and your abil­ity to make fight­ing global ter­ror your pri­mary task.”

Mr Trump said: “The trea­sured and his­toric Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties of the Mid­dle East must be de­fended and pro­tected. The blood­let­ting of Chris­tians must end, and all who aid their killers must be pun­ished.”

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