'And we'll have more of them, but they're losers. Just remember that.'
As the world reels from the aftermath of the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena yesterday evening, world leaders have come forward to express their sorrow and support for the United Kingdom. President Donald Trump, who is currently in Bethlehem, delivered a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to address the tragedy. He shared his sorrow on behalf of the American people and named the perpetrator one of many ‘evil losers’.
He said, ‘I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families – so many families – of the victims. We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.’
The bombing took place at roughly 10:33pm following pop singer Ariana Grande’s concert, which many children, young teenagers and families had attended. An improved explosive device was detonated in the foyer of the venue, which holds up to 21,000 spectators, and 22 people are reported dead with a further 59 injured.
Trump continued, ‘So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because 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. They’re losers. And we’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Just remember that.’
The deceased bomber has yet to be identified and no terror group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack. The UK’s current threat level for international terrorism has been raised to severe, which according to the Mi5 website means ‘an attack is highly likely’.
The US embassy has lowered their flag to half-mast out of respect for the victims and issued travel alerts to American citizens. The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr Lewis Lukens said in a Twitter statement, ‘I share the sadness & shock of everyone in the UK following the horrific act of terror targeted at innocent families in Manchester. We are united against terrorism. The U.S. stands ready to work with our UK friends as they seek to determine the full facts.’
The American president said, ‘This wicked ideology must be obliterated and must be completely obliterated.’
‘And the innocent life must be protected – all innocent lives – life must be protected.’