'The U.S. Stands By New Zealand': Trump Responds To Christchurch Terror Attacks

Ferlon Webster Jr. | March 15, 2019
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Friday morning, President Trump responded to the mass terrorist shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand where at least 49 innocent people were shot and killed at two mosques as they gathered for prayer. 

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques,” Trump tweeted. “49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

The gunman wrote a 74-page manifesto in which he gave his reasoning for his attacks and explained his desire to “create an atmosphere of fear.” He claimed that Muslims were “invaders” and live-streamed his ambush at the Al Noor mosque using a GoPro camera.

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Arden, described the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

“What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence,” Arden posted on Twitter. “It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us.”

Other world leaders offered their condolences and support to those affected by this horrific terrorist attack.

The terrorist shooter was taken into custody alive. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said he is expected to appear in court on Saturday morning.