Trump condemns attack on Christians
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.”