Washington: US President Donald Trump pointed Wednesday to the mass shooting at a Christmas market in France to bolster his demands for funding to build a US border wall with Mexico.
Trump’s tweet linking the issues came despite the fact that the suspect in Tuesday’s attack in Strasbourg, France, is a native of the city with a criminal past and extremist views.
A French prosecutor said the gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “God is greatest” — before opening fire in a popular Christmas market in the city’s medieval center, killing two people, leaving a third brain dead and wounding 12 others.
Trump mentioned the attack only glancingly, using his first public comment on the incident to buttress his arguments for funding a US-Mexico border wall.
“Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck and Nancy must give us the votes to get additional Border Security!,” he said.
Trump clashed angrily with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on funding for the wall Tuesday in an Oval Office meeting carried live on television.