Republican officials React to Manchester
Monday night, a terrorist attack was carried out on the attendees of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England. A suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive near the box office area killing 22 and injuring more than 100 others.
President Donald Trump is touring the Middle East and parts of Europe before attending NATO and G7 conferences in Brussels and Sicily, respectively. Trump reacted first through social media stating the country stands with the UK. Later, he would coddemn the attack when making an appearance at the West Bank referring to the attacker and ISIS as “evil losers:”
Trump has used this event as a springboard to start aggresively pushing his agenda on counterterrorism and plans to make it a topic of discussion at the NATO and G7 conferences.
“We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people,” he spoke on Tuesday, adding, “This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated.”
Reactions from other Republican officials included: