These remarks were followed by footage of Cooper reporting on attacks in cities such as Ottawa in 2014, Paris and San Bernardino in 2015 and Orlando in 2016. During his brief remarks at the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, the president seemed to make reference to his executive order banning immigration and visas from seven Muslim-majority nations that is now the subject of a number of legal challenges.
This has left plenty of room for reflecting on Trump's repeated use of Islamic terrorist attacks, or the mere threat of such, as a reason for justifying his recent immigration and refugee ban. It stood at 4.9 murders per 100,000 people, a far cry from the rates in the 1970s, 1980s and most of the 1990s, when they were typically over 6 per 100,000, peaking at over 10 in 1980. "They have their reasons, and you understand that", Trump said Monday, according to The Washington Post. All over Europe. It's happening.
Trump did not say why the media might not report on terrorist attacks but gave no examples of stories that went uncovered.
Trump's spokesman said Tuesday afternoon, during his daily press briefing, that the president wants to ensure that an attack doesn't happen, and 'we're not looking back and saying, you know what we should have done, we should have had stricter vetting in place from those seven countries'.
"You see a wide degree of support for the President's policies to protect this country, to create jobs, to grow the economy, and yet a lot of those stories and successes that he's had in a mere two and a half weeks in office aren't exactly covered to the degree to which they should be", Spicer said. Less than half of the 78 incidents the White House listed occurred in Europe.
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As he did when he first addressed the C.I.A., Donald Trump used his first speech before US service members as an opportunity to malign "dishonest" members of the media, whom he accused, without evidence, of not covering terrorist attacks in order to advance a political agenda.
Mr. Spicer called the article "literally the epitome of fake news". But a review of the list by ABC News shows that only 10.2 percent of the attacks on the list involved citizens from those countries.
Trump, after signing the controversial executive order, alleged that "bad" people would come into US borders from those countries if the ban was not implemented.
Many others, including the Sydney siege and Germany's Christmas market attack, received wide global coverage.
Trump also continued to challenge reports and commentaries about his soft approach to Russian Federation and its leader Vladimir Putin, tweeting, "I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russian Federation, and the haters are going insane - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!"