The Latest: Trump blamed “terrorists” for truck crash

  • President-elect, Donald Trump, center, speaks to an aide of the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Trump is spending the day in meetings at the resort. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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  • FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect, Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump ‘s most important advisors to see Democrats’ complaints that Moscow hacked their private e-mails of this election season as a case of sour grapes. The pushback is the harbinger of the Electoral College votes, Monday, Dec. 19, which is expected to officially Trump’s election to win. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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WASHINGTON – The Latest President-elect, Donald Trump (all times are local):

6:45 pm

President-elect, Donald Trump is blaming “Islamic terrorists” for a truck crashed into a christmas market in Berlin that killed at least nine people and wounded scores more.

The German authorities were still investigating the event. The White House says that it “seems to be a terrorist attack.”

Trump says in a statement released Monday evening, the Islamic State of the group “and other Islamist terrorists constantly the slaughter of Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad.” He adds that she must disappear from the face of the earth” and promises to perform that mission with the United States’ “freedom-loving partners.”

The Islamic State group and al-Qaeda have called upon his followers to use trucks attack crowds.

Trump has nothing to back up his claim that the Islamists were behind the attack.


5:55 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is a condemnation of the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey.

In a written statement, Trump calls the killing of the diplomat Andrei Karlov a “violation of all rules of civilized order”, and says that it must be “universally condemned.”

Trump is also the extension of his sympathy to the Karlov family and loved ones.

A Turkish police officer fatally shot Karlov in front of an audience at a photo exhibition in Ankara. The attacker, who was identified as Mevlüt Mert Altintas, a member of Ankara’s riot police squad, was later killed in a shootout with the police. The authorities said three other people were injured in the attack.

Trump called Altintas a “radical Islamic terrorist.” The shooter reportedly shouted, “We are the descendants of those who the Prophet Muhammad, for jihad.”


11:25 pm

President-elect Donald Trump plans to meet with Robert Lighthizer, a former deputy U.S. trade representative in the Reagan administration, and Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard commander who oversaw the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Trump has yet to name his choice for the U.S. trade representative.

Spokesman Jason Miller says Trump will also be a meeting with R. Donahue Peebles, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Peebles is also the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Peebles Corp., a real estate development and investment company.

The meetings will take place at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump is spending the holiday week with his family.

Trump is also planning to meet with J. Christopher Reyes, co-chairman of Reyes Holdings, a Chicago-based beer and food distributor.


9:15 pm

President-elect Donald J. Trump has picked Vincent Viola as the secretary of the Army. Viola is the founder of several companies, including Virtu Financial, an electronic company. He is also owner of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers and is a past president of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In a statement Monday, Trump said Viola is “living proof of the American dream.” Viola grew up in a family of Italian immigrants in Brooklyn. His father worked as a truck driver.

Viola is a 1977 West Point graduate. He is trained as an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and served in the 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of New York Law School. In 2003, he founded and helped fund the creation of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

Viola bought the Panthers for about $250 million in 2013.

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