After a terrorist bombing — for which militant group Isis has taken responsibility — killed at least 22 people following an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, May 22, President Donald Trump spoke out about the senseless tragedy.
"So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers," he said while visiting the Palestinian town of Bethlehem. "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers because that's what they are: losers."
During a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the president added, "You've seen just a horrible thing going on. Horrific, horrific injuries. Terrible. Dozens of innocent people. Beautiful young children, savagely murdered in a heinous attack upon humanity."
He stated that we must "obliterate this evil ideology and protect and defend our citizens and people of the world. All civilized nations must be united in this effort. This trip [to the Middle East] is focused on that goal, bringing nations together around the goal of defeating the terrorism that threatens the world and crushing the hateful ideology that drives it so hard and seems to be driving it so fast."
The White House announced that Trump had been in contact with British Prime Minister Theresa May, and that "the two leaders agreed that this attack — which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event — was particularly wanton and depraved. The president reassured the prime minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism."
Concert attendees hold each other after a bomb went off following an Ariana Grande show on May 22 in Manchester, England. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande, who was unharmed in the bombing, broke her silence early Tuesday morning on Twitter. "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words," she wrote.
broken.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this extremely difficult time.