Politics Analysis | ‘Terror’ struck Barcelona, according to Trump. Charlottesville? ‘Call it whatever you want.’

01:05  18 august  2017
01:05  18 august  2017 Source:   MSN

Trump condemns Barcelona attack

  Trump condemns Barcelona attack President Trump on Thursday condemned a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, and pledged support to Spanish authorities. "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!" he tweeted.The president weighed in just hours after a van plowed into a crowd of people on a pedestrian mall in a popular tourist area of the city, leaving one dead and 32 injured.The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!- Donald J.

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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. Bombarded by the sharpest attacks yet from fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, dug into his defense of racist groups by attacking members of own party and renouncing the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons.© AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. Bombarded by the sharpest attacks yet from fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, dug into his defense of racist groups by attacking members of own party and renouncing the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons.

Within hours of a vehicular attack in Barcelona that killed at least 13 and injured dozens of others on Thursday, President Trump called it “terror.”

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Yet at a news conference three days after a similar episode in Charlottesville, where an alleged Nazi sympathizer drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring 19, the president would not definitely assign the same label.

“Was this terrorism?” a journalist asked on Tuesday.

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“Well, I think the driver of the car is a disgrace to himself, his family and this country,” Trump replied, “and that is — you can call it terrorism, you can call it murder, you can call it whatever you want.”

Trump offers support to Spanish president after Barcelona attack

  Trump offers support to Spanish president after Barcelona attack President Trump spoke with Spanish President Mariano Rajoy on Friday to offer condolences following a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. A White House press statement said that Trump, "pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice."A van A White House press statement said that Trump, "pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice.

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At the time of the news conference, the name and alleged ideology of the Charlottesville driver, James Alex Fields Jr., were known. At the time that Trump tweeted about Barcelona, details about the driver had not been released by police, though it is possible that the president was privy to more information than the public.

Islamic State supporters celebrated the Barcelona attack, but the group did not immediately claim responsibility, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity. (It later did, after Trump had tweeted.)

Recall that Trump claimed on Tuesday that he likes to be cautious when commenting on a violent incident.

“Before I make a statement, I need the facts,” Trump said. “I don’t want to rush into a statement.”

By the time Trump tweeted on Thursday, Barcelona police had called the attack an act of terrorism. The president's language was consistent with that of other officials.

How the terror unfolded in and around Barcelona

  How the terror unfolded in and around Barcelona <p>Authorities say terrorists who attacked two cities in Spain on Thursday were apparently planning a larger, more sophisticated assault. At least 14 people, including one American, were killed, and more than 130 injured.</p>Investigators are trying to determine whether the driver of a van that ran down pedestrians on the crowded sidewalks of Barcelona was among a group of terrorists killed hours later, in a separate attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility.More arrests were made Friday to jeers from onlookers. In all, four suspects have been detained following the twin vehicle attacks, one down a busy Barcelona street, the second, 75 miles south in the beach town of Cambrils.

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But Trump balked at following similar guidance on the Charlottesville attack. A day before the president's news conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had said in interview with ABC News that “it does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute.” Even before that, Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, had used the terrorism label, as had other Republicans, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.).

Trump still has not called the Charlottesville attack terrorism. Instead, he has spread blame for the violence to “both sides” — white supremacists and counterprotesters.

The president has spent much of the week mired in controversy over his response to the deadly attack in Charlottesville. The speed with which he attached the terrorism label to what happened in Barcelona was striking, as a point of contrast, and probably won't help his effort to shake that criticism.

'We are all Cambrils': Thousands march against terror in Spain resort .
Thousands of people marched against terror Friday in Cambrils, a Spanish seaside resort that was the scene of a deadly vehicle attack last week just hours after a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona. Shouting "no tinc por", which means "not afraid" in Catalan, marchers walked along the seafront early Friday evening, led by Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau and other political leaders, including Spanish Socialist party chief Pedro Sanchez.The defiant crowd also shouted "We are all Cambrils.

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