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

Pres­i­dent-elect con­demns in­ci­dents

The Times-Tribune - - Front Page - 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.”

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties said the Alt­in­tas,lat­er­with shout­edthe and gun­man,Syr­i­an­riot also killed po­ a po­li­cein mem­beryelled Mev­lutc­ity Turk­ishin who Mr. squad,a of was shootout Alt­in­ta­sof “Al­lahuAlep­poabout Ankara’s Mer­tiden­ti­fied was ak­bar,”for which­w­ereIn “Godthe killed,at theis Ber­lin least great.”Mr. Ara­bic in­ci­dent,Trump12 phrase peo­ple saidin the other con­tin­u­al­lyIs­lamic Is­lamist State slaugh­ter group ter­ror­ist­sChris­tians “and and placesin their of com­mu­ni­tieswor­ship as part He of added their glob­althat these ji­had.” ter­ror­ists and their re­gional and world­wide net­works “must be erad­i­cated from the face of the earth” and pledged to carry out that mis­sion­team Mr. did part­ners.”Trump’swith­not “all im­me­di­ately tran­si­tion­free­domlov­ing re­spondthe sourcesto re­quests­for his claim­sto sta­teof ter­ror­ist in­volve­ment. 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 dressed in black opened fire in the prayer hall of a mosque fre­quented by So­mali im­mi­grants. Mr. Trump vowed dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign to go af­ter the Is­lamic State group, but re­peat­edly de­clined to de­scribe his plan for the pub­lic.


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

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