Trump: Berlin Truck Attack Is 'An Attack on Humanity'

December 21, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump spoke briefly to the press on Wednesday afternoon outside his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, where he answered questions about the recent string of terrorist attacks overseas.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a deadly truck attack that occurred Monday in Berlin, Germany, leaving 12 people dead and 48 injured. German authorities originally arrested the wrong suspect, but now there is a manhunt for 24-year-old Tunisia native Anis Amri, who has reportedly been in contact with jihadist networks.

Also on Monday, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated by Turkish police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas at an art gallery in Ankara. Karlov was delivering remarks at the art gallery when Altintas, an alleged sympathizer of Islamist groups like the Islamic State and al Qaeda, shot Karlov seven times, "four from behind, three while the body was on the ground," a witness said, according to the New York Times.

A reporter asked Trump whether he had reevaluated his prior plans to create a Muslim registration database or ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States after the attacks.

"You've known my plans all along. I've been proven to be right, 100 percent correct. What's happening is disgraceful," Trump said.

Another reporter asked Trump about his previous comments calling the Berlin attack an attack on "Christians," but Trump interjected before she finished her question.

"Say it again, what?" Trump said.

"The Berlin attack being an attack against Christians," she responded.

"When was that said?" Trump asked.

"I believe you said it in a press release," she said.

"Ok, go ahead," Trump said.

Trump then interjected again as she was rephrasing her question.

"It's an attack on humanity, that's what it is. It's an attack on humanity, and it's got to be stopped," Trump said.