“We’re closely monitoring the situation, and I will continue to give updates if anything happens during this period of time.
But it is really very sad as to what’s going on throughout the world with terror.
He continued: You look at this horrible terrorism that's going all over the place, and we have to be vigilant and we have to be smart. And I have friends that are Muslims, they are very nice people, but they understand there's a big problem. But Trump has also used the label of terror to address events as they are taking place, before others have determined exactly what’s going on.
Last Thursday, when reports of an attack in Manila were unfolding in the moments before the president’s Rose Garden speech on the Paris climate agreement, he spoke out about terrorism in the Philippines — before confirming if it was, in fact, terrorism (it turns out it wasn’t).
“I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila,” he told those assembled.
“Trump doesn't see that connection at all,” he adds.
“So he doesn't even respond to something like Portland with basic humanity, both because Muslims are not a core constituency and because it interrupts his narrative of Muslims being a threat.” This was not the first time Trump has failed to respond to a moment of anti-Muslim violence.