In Wake of Manchester Bomb, Trump Calls for ‘Single, Unified Voice’ Against Terrorism During Abbas Meeting

On Monday, at least 22 people were killed and over 50 were injured as they left an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, when a bomb went off outside the arena.

United Kingdom authorities believed the device was detonated by 22-year-old suicide bomber Salman Abedi, and ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The tragic loss of life occurred on the same day that President Donald Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem as part of his attempt to broker a peace deal.

As he delivered his remarks alongside Abbas, the timing of the attack was not lost on him.

ABC News reported he called it “interesting” that such hatred fueled the murder of “innocent young people” while a meeting to achieve historic peace was taking place. Trump said:

“Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice.”

The president called on “all civilized nations” to come together to protect “the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and peace.”

He added that we can no longer tolerate the bloodshed, nor “stand for a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people.”

Before he spoke, Trump called British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer his condolences. During his speech, he announced that the United States stands in “absolute solidarity” with the U.K. and declared that “this wicked ideology must be obliterated.”

Correction: Salman Abedi is 22-years-old, not 23-years-old, as earlier reported.

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