In another stark departure from his predecessor, President Trump used the words “terrorist” or “terrorism” three times Friday in a statement wishing Muslims a joyful Ramadan, a traditional month of fasting.
“This year, the holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan,” Mr. Trump said. “Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology.”
He was referring to terrorist attacks at a concert Monday in Manchester, England, and on Friday against Christians in Egypt.
President Barack Obama did not mention terrorism in his previous statements commemorating the Islamic holiday.
The period of Ramadan coincided with some particularly horrific terrorist attacks last year, most of them overseas.
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