Donald Trump Breaks Silence on Kansas Shooting in US Congress Speech

Unexpected message Trump surprised his critics making the very first words of his speech a full-throated condemnation of racist and anti Semitic attacls

US President Donald Trump has finally denounced the killing of Indian n at i o n a l S r i n iv a s Kuchibhotla in Kansas six days after the shooting incident, saying the nation condemns "hate and evil in all its forms".

Police arrested Adam Purinton early Thursday after his involvement in the shooting at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan., on February 22.

The mother of an Indian engineer who was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in an American bar said she asked her son to come back to India if he felt threatened in the United States, but he said he was not in any danger.

Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed in the attack, while close friend Madasani, 32, as well as 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who came to the aid of the two, were wounded with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Witnesses later told cops that Purinton had yelled "get out of my country" before opening fire.

The bureau said the investigation is ongoing and it will continue to work jointly with Olathe police, as well as state and local partners.

Shooter is a 51-year-old man, from Olathe, who has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder according to Hindustan Times.

"We have such a growing and vibrant Indian community in my district and they need to hear from our president - they need to hear from all leaders - that they condemn these attacks, that they're hateful, that they're wrong", he said.

Following his condemnation of the shooting President Trump also defended his intentions to tighten immigration rules.

Mr Kuchibhotla was killed while Mr Madasani was injured. The FBI declined additional comment, citing the investigation. "Many people had said that the president wouldn't do this, that he wouldn't speak out on this matter because he wasn't sensitive to these issues and I knew that he could and knew that he would if he had the information to know how important it was". An American man who tried to intervene was also shot.

Some connected the shooting with the often racist rhetoric that has come to the fore in the USA since Mr Trump became President. "We committed to destroying it with help of our allies including in Muslim world", he adedd.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, while discussing attacks on Jewish cemeteries, made a passing reference to the shooting at a press briefing Monday.



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