President Donald Trump began his remarks Tuesday in the historic West Bank town of Bethlehem by calling the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in the British city of Manchester hours earlier a ‘loser’ – and said that will be his preferred term from now on for terrorist killers.
‘We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,’ the president said, standing alongside Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
‘So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life.’
‘I won’t call them monsters because,’ he said. ‘They would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on “losers” because that’s what they are. And we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers, just remember that.’
Abbas, too, began his brief speech by taking time ‘to condemn the horrible terrorist attack that occurred in the British city of Manchester, leaving tens of casualties of innocent people’.
‘I do offer my warm condolences,’ he said through a translator, ‘to the prime minister of Britain, families of victims, and the British people.’
‘We would like to reassert our willingness to continue to work with you as partners in fighting terrorism in our region and in the world,’ Abbas added.
Trump’s comments were his first since a nail-shrapnel bomb tore through a concert venue where Ariana Grande performed.