Trump’s reaction to the Pensacola shooting was insensitive and inadequate

Trump’s reaction to the Pensacola shooting was insensitive and inadequate

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S response to the homicidal rampage in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday by an officer of the Royal Air Force of Saudi Arabia was insensitive and grossly inadequate. 3 American servicemen lost their lives and 8 were wounded by a Saudi wielding a 9mm Glock 45 pistol in a killing rampage that the FBI states is being investigated as terrorism What does the president say? He finds it “stunning” and conveys the acknowledgements of “very, extremely ravaged” King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his child, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and adds that the kingdom will “assist the families really considerably.”

Not a word from Mr. Trump about the danger of terrorism, or a shred of curiosity about intentions and whether the Saudi officer was radicalized and by whom, or a considered what Saudi Arabia might do to help investigate the shooter, or perhaps a lament that a pilot, a guest of the United States, would carry out such a horrific assault on his hosts, or even a worry about where the 21- year-old officer got the weapon. Mr. Trump rapidly rotated to say there were a great deal of countries taking part in the aviator training program. He often performs this pivot, an obvious dodge. “There are a great deal of killers,” he stated as soon as when inquired about a leader who dispatches assassins abroad. “I think there is blame on both sides,” he said after Charlottesville.

Mr. Trump has a mysterious blind area for Saudi Arabia. He has no trouble insulting in the vilest way individuals from other Muslim countries. He is hostile normally to people from “ shithole” nations. After a terrorist attack in London, he said on Twitter, “These animals are crazy and should be dealt with through toughness and strength!” When a Saudi brings out an attack on a U.S. military base, Mr. Trump becomes a spokesman and apologist for the king.

King Salman has assured Mr. Trump, according to an embassy press release, that he has actually “directed Saudi security services to cooperate with the pertinent American firms to discover information that will assist identify the cause of this dreadful attack.” Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks Americans have actually forgotten that when Post contributing writer Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Mr. Trump and members of his administration promised, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it, to pursue “a comprehensive, transparent and prompt examination, consisting of accountability for those accountable for the killing.” This pledge stays unfulfilled

The king’s pledges of cooperation may be more reputable if he would direct his intelligence service, and the crown prince to whom it reports, to pay more attention to cases of radicalization and less to what appear to be the prince’s leading concerns: silencing tranquil dissent, torturing women who campaigned for the right to drive, surveilling the family members of the murdered Khashoggi. Mr. Trump may ask the king to make public who really ordered that murder and to free the authors and activists the regime has thrown into jail. That is, if Mr. Trump might see beyond his blind spot.

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