The Times-Tribune

PLACING BLAME: Trump says attacks terror, cites no sources.

President-elect condemns incidents

- BY DARLENE SUPERVILLE

PALM BEACH, Fla. — On the day that his election victory became official, Donald Trump on Monday experience­d what life will be like as president as he condemned separate deadly incidents against a Russian diplomat and shoppers at a German Christmas market, blaming Islamic terrorism in both instances.

He offered no support for his claim that terrorists were responsibl­e for the carnage.

Authoritie­s in Turkey and Germany were still investigat­ing when Mr. Trump issued back-to-back statements condemning the incidents, although the White House earlier had said that what happened in central Berlin when a trucked rammed a holiday crowd “appears to be a terrorist attack.”

Mr. Trump called the brazen, daytime shooting of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey as he attended a photo exhibit “a violation of all rules of civilized order.” He added that the diplomat, Andrei Karlov, was assassinat­ed by a “radical Islamic terrorist.”

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ANDREW HARNIK / ASSOCIATED PRESS President-elect Donald Trump, center, speaks to an aide at Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday.

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