“Mr. Compassionate,” Donald Trump made the attacks in Europe all about himself even as Berliners were still in shock. The deadly Berlin attack killed 12 people and injured 48, after a semi-truck plowed into a crowd of Christmas market shoppers. Before German police officials knew who was responsible, Trump was already on his Twitter machine.
The president-elect blamed “Islamist terrorists.” It did not take long for Trump to claim the prize for being “right” about his campaign plan to halt Muslim refugees, seeking asylum from the horrors of the Middle Eastern wars, from entering the U.S.
As German officials launched a Europe-wide manhunt for the Tunisian suspect, Trump tweeted that the attack, along with others in Turkey and Switzerland, showed:
‘It is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!’
Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany – and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2016
The attack in Zürich Switzerland was an attack on Muslims in their mosque.
— Times of Ahmad (@AhmadiyyaTimes) December 20, 2016
The third assault occurred when an off-duty police officer shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey.
Trump also released a statement that linked the attacks to the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a report by ABC:
‘ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.’
Trump spoke briefly to reporters prior to a meeting with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his incoming White House national security adviser. He is spending part of the Christmas holidays at his palatial private estate Mar-a-Lago in South Florida to complete his Cabinet and White House staff plans. That is when reporters caught up with him.
Reporters asked the president-elect whether the attack was prompting him to reevaluate his call during the campaign for temporarily banning Muslim immigration into the United States. Trump said:
‘I’ve been proven to be right.
‘You’ve known my plans all along and I’ve been proven to be right, 100-percent correct. What’s happening is disgraceful.’
Until Wednesday, Trump had not spoken in person about the attacks in Turkey, Switzerland, and Berlin:
‘That’s an attack on humanity, is what it is. It’s an attack on humanity and it’s got to be stopped.’
Check out Donald Trump talking to reporters about the terrorist attacks:
BREAKING: President-elect Trump makes impromptu appearance, speaks briefly about recent attacks. pic.twitter.com/8EUlhmtlVY
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 21, 2016
Featured Image: Getty Images/Ty Wright.
H/T: ABC News.