BETHLEHEM (AFP, Reuters) - US President Donald Trump telephoned Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (May 23) to assure her of America’s “unbreakable commitment” in the wake of a suicide bombing in England that killed 22 people.
The White House said Trump, who called May from Jerusalem, offered US assistance in the investigation of the attack late on Monday at a packed pop concert in Manchester.
“The two leaders agreed that this attack –which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event – was particularly wanton and depraved,” the White House said.
“The president reassured the prime minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism,” it said.
The US statement said Trump looked forward to meeting May in person later this week to discuss “America’s unbreakable commitment to the United Kingdom and the ways both countries can work with allies and partners around the world to defeat terrorism".
Trump, speaking after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the town of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier on Tuesday, said the United States stands in "absolute solidarity" with the British people.
"I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack, and to the many killed and the families, so many families of the victims," Trump said. "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life."
"Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed. We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people," Trump said. "The terrorists and the extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out of our society forever. This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated."
Trump is visiting Jerusalem and West Bank on the second part of his maiden foreign trip since taking office in January. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the Manchester attack.