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Trump condemns terrorists for killings in Turkey, Germany

By VANESSA COLEMAN, For TJC Newspaper, On 27 December 2016, Read Original
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Asked about the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people and the assassination of a Russian diplomat in Ankara, Trump said, "Terrible".


Speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida Wednesday, Trump also defended his position on creating a Muslim registry or a ban on Muslim immigration into THE United States. "What's happening is disgraceful", he said.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump met with his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump's newly appointed counselor to the president, argued that the president-elect's subsequent pledge to institute "extreme vetting" of immigrants is "not a complete ban" of Muslims.

An amended invitation obtained by ABC News on Tuesday afternoon still listed hunting or fishing trips with the Trump sons in exchange for $500,000 or $1 million contributions, but said donors would get private receptions with "VIP's and celebrities", rather than the 45th president.

When a reporter said it was part of his statement, Trump responded: "It's an attack on humanity".

He has also said he will set up a commission on Radical Islam, introduce an ideological screening test and "extreme vetting" for visitors to the USA from countries affected by terrorism, as determined by the department for Homeland Security.

"When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats", Trump said in a June 2016 speech.

He was also asked about his characterisation of the Berlin attack as an attack on Christians. The suspected perpetrator is Anis Amri, a Tunisian who German authorities say was known to be in touch with radical Islamist groups.

In an invitation that began circulating last week when the entertainment site TMZ posted it, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. were listed as honorary co-chairmen for a group seeking up to $1 million donations for a January 21 inauguration event dubbed "Opening Day". "It was all about this new administration coming in: what can we expect from them?"

"I think the Muslim community as a whole doesn't feel that a policy like this is productive", said Omar Saleh with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

They praised the Trumps for making quick adjustments after seeing bad press about the fundraising but said that doesn't eliminate the need for Trump to develop and follow hard-and-fast rules as previous presidents did.

One reporter asked Trump if Monday's act of terrorism in Berlin has caused him to rethink his proposed ban on all Muslims entering the U.S.

The expensive charity package, supposedly organized by Eric and Donald Trump Jr., received backlash after the Center For Public Integrity found the donations were actually going to a newly formed organization run by the Trumps themselves.

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