Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump says 'fake news media' trying to blame him for Christchurch shootings

Trump says 'fake news media' trying to blame him for Christchurch shootings

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that President Trump should be defending Muslims publicly after the white nationalist terror attack last week that killed roughly 50 people at two mosques.

In 2008, Trump defaulted on a loan and then sued Deutsche Bank, claiming the financial crisis was a "tsunami" and thus an act of God, preventing him from paying the loan back, the Times reports.

In a manifesto published online, the alleged gunman identified Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" but said he did not support his policies.

Trump did on several occasions tweet and speak to condemn the "horrible" attack and offer any USA assistance to New Zealand's authorities. After a violent 2017 clash between white nationalists and anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one demonstrator dead, Trump said there were "very fine people on both sides" of the confrontation.

The self-avowed white supremacist who carried out last week's shooting in Christchurch left a hate-filled, 74-page manifesto that referred to Trump as a symbol of "renewed white identity and common goal".

Fox News has not directly confirmed if Ms Pirro was dropped from the channel.

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Asked Friday after the attacks whether he sees an increase in white nationalism, Trump said, "I don't really".

"It's a small group of people", he said.

In 2016, when Mr Trump was running for president, he was quoted as saying, "I think Islam hates us".

Mr Trump's critics also pointed to his prior verbal and political attacks on Muslim populations, including the ban on people entering the USA from predominantly Muslim countries, which was first overturned by federal USA courts, but was later upheld by the Supreme Court.

The White House moved to play down any links, condemning the "horrible" attacks and offering any support New Zealand required. We're doing what presidents are supposed to do. As president, he drew criticism for attempting to institute the travel ban and for being slow to condemn white supremacy and related violence.

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