Shortly after reports started circulating about a shooting in Paris on Thursday, President Donald Trump said the tragic event “looks like another terrorist attack.”
“Again, it is happening again, it seems. I just saw it as I was walking in, so that's a terrible thing,” Trump said. “It is a very, very terrible thing that's going on in the world today, but it looks like another terrorist attack. And what can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I have been saying it for a long time.”
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The attack left one officer dead and two more seriously wounded, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet. The shooter was shot dead by police, officials said.
The president was mocked and criticized for labeling the shooting a “terrorist attack” before it had been confirmed by authorities.
Roughly an hour later, the Islamic State reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Shortly before the ISIS connection was revealed, French President Francois Hollande also weighed in on a possible motive, saying he is convinced the circumstances surrounding the shooting in Paris suggest it was a terrorist attack.
"We are convinced the tracks are of a terrorist nature,” Hollande said.
Further, officials revealed the suspect in the Paris attack was previously “flagged as an extremist,” the Associated Press reported.