Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Evil losers': Trump condemns Manchester attack

'Evil losers': Trump condemns Manchester attack

Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as "evil losers".

The Palestinian Ma'an news agency said at least 20 activists "were shot and injured-one seriously-during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank districts of Ramallah and Hebron".

So, in Trump's book, does a terrorist fall under the same category as people he doesn't like or agree with? Do our prisoners have to experience martyrdom to achieve the most basic of rights and do we have to be reunited with them once they are corpses instead of welcoming them home alive?!

But he also touched on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, again vowing he was "personally committed" to helping the two sides reach a deal.

Trumps visit to Bethlehem comes after his meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday following the US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh.

In his words, such a rapprochement, partly driven by common concerns over Iran, could be realized if a certain level of progress is achieved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

"This is what I've spent the last few days talking about during my trip overseas", Trump said.

Prior to the Manchester terror attack, Trump explained in his speech in Saudi Arabia that America alone "cannot crush this enemy". The US leader already visited Israel, Saudi Arabia and is heading next to Italy, Belgium and the Vatican.

The White House said Trump spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack and offered his condolences and support on behalf of the United States.

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The mothers who wrote and signed the letter requested that Abbas pass the letter to U.S. President Donald Trump during the meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

The White House live feed of the president's remarks in a west Jerusalem location on Monday was identified as coming from Jerusalem, Israel.

Now President Trump, who sees himself as the world's best dealmaker, says he would like to pull off the world's toughest deal. I am telling you - that's what I do - they are ready to reach for peace.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government wanted to hear Donald Trump announce he's moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Ending in English after delivering the bulk of his remarks in Arabic, Abbas said he hoped his guest "will go in history, the President Donald Trump, who was the American president who achieved peace between the Palestinians and Israelis".

Apart from the economic side and the Israeli-Palestinian issue, his trip was important as it categorically indicated that the new USA president aims to isolate Iran, which has reelected President Hassan Rouhani and showed eagerness towards reforms and avoid global sanctions. Trump knows this, and can use this political credit as a hard-line supporter of Israel to nudge things in a more favorable direction. He said the Palestinians' "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it".

"Once again we reassert to you our positions: accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel... and resolving longstanding issues based on global law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative", Abbas said.

Pro-Israeli lawmakers in the United States have objected to American aid to the Palestinians, claiming the money is used to make payments to the families of prisoners, who are considered "freedom fighters" among many Palestinians.

"We want Trump to intervene on the Israeli side so the demands of the prisoners can be met", the PA's Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe told The Times of Israel.

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