President Trump expressed his condolences for the victims of a shooting at the Chabad shul in Poway, Calif., earlier on Saturday, while praising law enforcement for their response.
Soon after appearing at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Trump addressed the shooting, which resulted in one person killed and several wounded.
“Today America’s heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting in Poway, California,” Trump told supporters
“Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated,” he continued.
“We are grateful to the law enforcement personnel for their courageous response,” he added. “And I especially want to recognize an off-duty border patrol agent who bravely returned fire and helped disrupt the attack and save so many lives.”
Later, Trump addressed reporters, saying he believed the shooting to be hate crime.
“My deepest sympathies go to the people that were affected– the families, the loved ones– by the, obviously – looks right now based on my last conversations – looks like a hate crime,” he said according to a pool report.
“At this moment it looks like a hate crime. But my deepest sympathies to all of those affected. And we’ll get to the bottom of it,” he added. “It looks like the person was apprehended, no more danger. And law enforcement has done a fantastic job.”
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