Trump Condemns Manchester Arena Attackers as "Evil Losers"
They killed “so many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives.”
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the people behind the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, "evil losers in life."
He said they killed “so many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives.”
Trump spoke in the Middle East on his first foreign trip, saying he would not call those responsible “monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name."
He added: “I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers, and we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.”
We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/X6fUUxxYXE— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2017
All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and in peace.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2017
After Trump's condemnation, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack that left 22 people dead and 59 injured as young concertgoers fled Manchester Arena just after the explosion Monday night. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the tragedy "a callous terrorist attack."
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said in a statement, "The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured." She thanks the first responders and people of Manchester for the way they have "responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity."
The bomber was killed in the attack, said Greater Manchester Police. They announced Tuesday that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the bombing.
Grande, who was not injured, tweeted hours later: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."
May 23, 9:30 a.m. ET: Updated with statements