Trump condemns attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump vowed Friday to crush the evil organizations of terror, “killed” after an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt and more than two dozen people in the vicinity of Cairo, and caused the tip of the country, to appeal, to lead a trump, the fight against global terrorism.

In a sharply worded statement, Trump condemned terrorists, who engaged “in a war against civilization” and lamented the “merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt.” He said the attack on a bus with Christians, many of them children, would solve the steel of the nation to destroy terrorist organizations and put “your corrupted, twisted and thuggish ideology.”


Trump, who said at the G-7 meeting in Sicily, the US would lead with the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, vowed to strike back at the training bases of the Islamic state militants suspected in the attacks. Egyptian fighter jets hit militant bases in Eastern Libya.

El-Sissi said in his televised address, the US President: “I address my appeal to President Trump: I trust you, your word and your ability to the global fight against terror-their primary task.”

Trump said in his statement that the United States “makes it clear to his friends, allies and partners that the valuable and historic Christian communities must be defended in the Middle East and be protected. The blood-letting of Christians must have an end, and all of the help, their killers must be punished.”

It is the latest sign of the growing friendship between Trump and el-Sissi, the former general, which led to the overthrow of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim brotherhood member. It marks a change from former President Barack Obama, the often el-Sissi kept at a distance, and criticized Egypt in the field of human rights and suspended some U.S. military aid.

Trump and el-Sissi’s talks in Saudi Arabia last week before the Arabic-Islamic-US summit, a meeting that followed an April meeting in the White house.

Trump has the fight against terrorism a priority of his first trip abroad as President, which ends this weekend. During a stopover in Saudi Arabia, Trump and king Salman inaugurated the state-of-the-art center in Riyadh, monitoring and combating extremism.

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