'A Violation of All Rules of Civilized Order': Trump Pins Killings in Turkey, Germany on Radical Islamic Terrorism
President-elect Donald Trump blamed Islamic terrorism for deadly violence in Turkey and Germany on Monday and vowed to eradicate regional and global terror networks.
Authorities were still investigating both attacks early Tuesday. Authorities in German called the truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 dead and nearly 50 injured a suspected “terror attack.” The White House had already described the attack as an apparent terrorist attack as well.
Trump said the Islamic State group "and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad."
Trump called the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey at a photo exhibit “a violation of all rules of civilized order.” He added that a “radical Islamic terrorist” had assassinated the diplomat Adrew Karlov.
He added that these terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks "must be eradicated from the face of the earth" and pledged to carry out that mission with "all freedom-loving partners."
He later tweeted: "Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany — and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!"
In Zurich, police said three people were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the prayer hall of a mosque frequented by Somali immigrants.
Trump vowed during the presidential campaign to go after the Islamic State group, but repeatedly declined to fill in the public on his plan.
Trump’s statements coincided with the Electoral College certifying his victory, clearing the way for his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Trump also announced his candidate for secretary of the Army on Monday and held a round of transition meetings.