Trump criticized for New Zealand response, weekend Twitter attacks

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President Trump said it is "ridiculous" that news outlets try to link him to the shooter who slaughtered 50 Muslim worshipers during a shooting spree at two mosques in New Zealand.

A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on 15 March 2019.

"One thing's for sure, white supremacists, neo-Nazi groups, they look at governments as complicit, guilty, and target government for punishment", Ellison continued.

This comment angered some, who recalled Mr Trump's comments that blamed "both sides" for violence as a result of white nationalist and counter-protest clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. He wrote: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common objective?"

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Trump did on several occasions tweet and speak to condemn the "horrible" attack and offer any U.S. assistance to New Zealand's authorities.

Mr Trump expressed sympathy for the victims, but played down the threat of white nationalism across the world, saying he did not consider it a rising threat, despite data suggesting it was growing. "You know, Donald Trump, and these people run around always saying, 'Oh he's not a white supremacist.' Yeah, but all white supremacists think he's a white supremacist", Noah said.

The suspected gunman in the deadly attack in New Zealand published a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto that referenced Mr. Trump by name.

"The primary terrorist threat to the United States continues to be from Islamist militants and those they inspire, but we should not and can not and must not ignore the real and serious danger posed by domestic terrorists", she said.

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He said that no matter how much White House officials defend Trump that it is clear the president is unfit to lead.

"Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists - and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them".

Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, was asked during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" whether Trump should give a major speech condemning white nationalism and anti-Muslim rhetoric after he said during the 2016 campaign that "Islam hates us".

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