Trump says U.S. stands by Sri Lanka after ‘terrible, terrible’ attack

President Trump says the U.S. ‘stands by’ Sri Lanka in terror fight after ‘terrible, terrible’ Easter Sunday attack

  • President Trump says he’s called both the prime minster and the president of Sri Lanka to offer U.S. support after bombings 
  • Trump offered his condolences in a Sunday tweet that vastly overstated death toll of the terror attacks that targeted churches and hotels killed more than 200
  • Trump later deleted his erroneous tweet and corrected death toll to ‘138 people’  
  • Mike Pompeo revealed that several U.S. citizens were killed in Sunday’s attack 
  • Five British citizens, including two dual U.S.-U.K. nationals, were also killed  

President Donald Trump says that he has spoken with both the prime minister and the president of Sri Lanka since Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Trump told reporters it was ‘terrible, terrible thing’ that happened, as he mingled with attendees of the Easter Egg Roll.

He said in a later tweet, ‘Spoke to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka this morning to inform him that the United States stands by him and his country in the fight against terrorism. Also expressed condolences on behalf of myself and the People of the United States!’

He did not comment on the death toll on Monday, avoiding a mistake he made Sunday in a tweet that erroneously claimed bombings killed 138 million people.

If true, the death toll would be nearly twice that of the Second World War. 

‘Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!’ Trump wrote in a corrected message.

Donald Trump accidentally claimed that the Sri Lanka terrorist attack killed 138 million people in a tweet that stayed up for 20 minutes 

Trump eventually deleted the tweet and posted a new statement with the fixed death toll 

The tweet stayed up for 20 minutes before it was deleted and a new statement was posted. 

‘138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels,’ Trump wrote in the new tweet. 

‘The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!’  

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed on Sunday that ‘several’ American citizens were killed in the bombings, which has been blamed on religious extremists. 

Eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches as suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up on Easter Sunday

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the horrific terrorist attacks

Five British citizens, including two dual U.S.-U.K. nationals, were also killed in the bombings, according to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry. 

‘These vile attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism,’ Pompeo said in a statement. 

‘Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security.’

Pompeo said the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, is currently working to assist U.S. citizens and their families. 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed on Sunday that ‘several’ American citizens were killed in the bombings, which has been blamed on religious extremists

The White House also released an official statement condemning the attacks in the ‘strongest terms.’ 

‘Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the more than 200 killed and hundreds of others wounded,’ it read. 

‘We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts.’ 

Eight explosions ripped through high-end hotels and churches as suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up on Sunday.  

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. 

Pope Francis, speaking to around 80,000 people at the end of his traditional Easter Sunday blessing, addressed the massacre on Sunday  

Pope Francis, speaking to around 80,000 people at the end of his traditional Easter Sunday blessing, addressed the massacre. 

‘I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence,’ he said. 

‘I entrust to the Lord all those who were tragically killed and pray for the injured and all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event.’ 

Sri Lanka’s police chief had made a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday’s bombings, warning that Islamic extremists planned suicide bombings at ‘prominent churches’. 

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