Trump Blames Media For ‘Division And Hatred’ In US

US Mail Bombing Suspect An Ardent Trump Supporter
US President Donald Trump speaks during an event on a year of progress and action to combat the opioid crisis, in the East Room of the White House on October 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

 

US President Donald Trump blamed the media once again Monday for “division and hatred” in the country as Americans took stock of a gunman’s attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshippers.

“The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country,” he said on Twitter.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” Trump continued. “The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly.

“That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

Trump had initially called for unity in the face of Saturday’s assault on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in a week in which prominent Democrats were the targets of pipe bombs sent through the mail, allegedly by a Trump supporter in Florida.

But he quickly reverted to form, attacking the media and potential Democratic rivals for the presidency at a rally and on Twitter as Americans looked forward to crucial midterm elections November 6.

In an open letter Sunday, a group of Jewish leaders from Pittsburgh said Trump bore responsibility for encouraging white nationalist sentiments that led to the synagogue attack.

“For the past three years, your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence,” the open letter said.

The signers said that until Trump fully denounced white nationalism he would not be welcome in Pittsburgh.

However, Jeffrey Myers, a Tree of Life rabbi who was in the synagogue when the heavily armed gunman burst in on worshippers, said Trump would be welcome if he visited.

“The president of the United States is always welcome. I’m a citizen. He’s my president. He is certainly welcome,” Myers said on CNN.

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Dried Fish Worth Over 60m Naira Seized From Suspected Terrorists

Dry FishThe 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has destroyed over 2,000 cartons of dried fish estimated at 60 million Naira seized from suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

Spokesperson of the Division, Colonel Tukur Gusau, On Friday showed reporters the recovered items in Maiduguri, the capital of the State.

He said that the suspected insurgents, who had resorted to robbery and cattle rustling, were believed to also be engaged in commerce to fund their activities.

“We have about 2,000 cartons of dried fish, suspected to have been taken away forcefully from fishermen, fish mongers and business men in Borno State.

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Some of the cartons of dried firsh being stacked before it was set on fire by the military

“We decided to born them so that we can send a message to these people. What they wanted to do was to sell the items in an open market at a ridiculous amount of money and use the same proceed to sponsor their terror activities,” Colonel Gusau said.

The Army attributed recent victories to collaborative efforts with the Nigerian Air Force and vows to pursue and destroy all terrorists’ logistics chains and supply routes.

Weeks ago, the military had, with the aid of the Air Force, intercepted two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram sect.

The Nigerian Air Force in a statement by its spokesman, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, explained that Air Force Agusta helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, destroyed the trailers said to have been covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.

In July, the Air Force says its patrol and surveillance activities have succeeded in blocking routes through which petroleum products and other materials are supplied to the Boko Haram sect.