BuzzFeed Editor Faces Backlash for Using the Sri Lanka Easter Attacks to Take a Swipe at Trump

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A BuzzFeed News editor is facing criticism after using the attacks in Sri Lanka to go after President Donald Trump.

As IJR Red previously reported, Trump spoke out about the attack, offering U.S. help to those affected.

“138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more [than] 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels,” Trump tweeted. “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!”

However, Miriam Elder tweeted out about the attack, claiming that the Trump administration would have paid more attention if the victims were white.

The editor faced criticism for the comment, with many pointing out that she was using the tragedy to criticize the president.

Read the critical comments below:

The attacks on the three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, ending a pause in large attacks after the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Other U.S. government officials, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have joined the president in offering the country’s support to Sri Lanka.

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