Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) on Tuesday criticized President-elect Donald Trump for pinning recent attacks in Turkey and Germany on radical Islamic terrorism.
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“Simple answers to complicated questions are usually wrong,” King said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“In this case, it appears that, No. 1, we don’t really know the facts, so it’s premature to come to a conclusion, but No. 2, it appears that the attack in Turkey on the Russian ambassador wasn’t a religious attack but was a political one, revenge for what’s going on in Aleppo.”
Trump in a statement Monday offered his condolences to the family of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, who Trump said was “assassinated by a radical Islamic terrorist.”
The ambassador was killed Monday by a Turkish gunman who shouted “God is great” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria.”
The president-elect also issued a statement following the truck attack in Berlin, expressing condolences to the loved ones of those who died.
“ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad,” he said in the statement.
“These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.”
King said Trump should not have prematurely classified each of these incidents as acts of radical Islamic terrorism.
“Just to say it’s all Islamic terrorism I think is, A, not the correct answer,” he said.
“And B, will only inflame tensions and could conceivably make them worse.”
King said the larger question is: “Do we really want to have a war of half the world against the other half the world?”
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