White House Won’t Recognize Pulse Nightclub Attack As Radical Islamic Terrorism
The White House released a statement Sunday morning on the Pulse Nightclub attack, yet unlike all the major news outlets it refrained from recognizing the actions of 29-year-old Omar Mateen as radical Islamic terrorism.
“The President was briefed this morning by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims,” reads the statement.
“The President asked to receive regular updates as the FBI, and other federal officials, work with the Orlando Police to gather more information, and directed that the federal government provide any assistance necessary to pursue the investigation and support the community.”
FBI assistant investigator in charge Ronald Hopper told Fox News Sunday morning that there are “suggestions that the individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology.”
CBS News is reporting the shooter is 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen who lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Law enforcement officials now estimate Mateen killed 50 people and injured at least 53 more.