Shortly after news broke Thursday that that an assailant armed with an AK-47 had opened fire on a police cruiser in Paris, France, killing one officer before being shot to death while fleeing, US President Donald Trump made a highly educated guess based on past experience, predicting that the attack had been motivated by radical Islam.
“Again, it’s happening, it seems,” he said during an afternoon news briefing at the White House alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. “I just saw it as I was walking in, so that’s a terrible thing. And that’s a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today.”
“But it looks like another terrorist attack,” he added. “And what can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong, and we have to be vigilant, and I’ve been saying it for a long time.”
As indicated by the UK Daily Telegraph, the shooter was identified as Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old man who first “appeared on the (nation’s) counter-terrorist services radar last December” after authorities were tipped off that he wanted to “kill police officers to avenge Muslims killed in Syria.”
Also, the Islamic State group has since reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, describing Cheurfi as a “soldier” whose Islamic name was “Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.”
There were additionally reports that he had been caught making threats on an “online messaging service favored by Islamist extremists because of its encrypted communications,” trying to purchase weapons to attack police and seeking contact with combatants in the Middle East, as noted by The Telegraph.
This disturbed and radicalized man was clearly a terrorist, meaning the president’s prediction — note that he said the attack “looks like” terrorism; he didn’t state it as a fact — was right, not that the liberal media cared.
As reported by LifeZette, “several mainstream media figures were positively apoplectic” following the president’s remarks Thursday: The Associated Press pretended in a Twitter headline that the “motive” was mystery; MSNBC’s Brian Williams said his network had “not been comfortable” calling the attack what everyone knew it was immediately; NBC’s Chuck Todd said the president was getting ahead of the story.