Donald Trump says Manchester Arena attack perpetrators are 'evil losers'


US President Donald Trump has condemned those responsible for the Manchester terrorist atrocity as "evil losers".

A bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night left 22 dead, including children, and hundreds more injured. At a press conference Tuesday, police said they believe the attack was likely a suicide bombing carried out by one man using an IED (improvised explosive device).

"As President of the United States, and on behalf of the people of the United States, I would like to begin by offering my prayers to the people of Manchester in the United Kingdom", Trump said.

In a West Bank meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday, Trump opened his remarks by condemning the attack.

"On behalf of the government of Japan and the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and extend our sympathies to those who have been injured", he said.

"This is what I've spent these last few days talking about during my trip overseas", he added.

Back in Jerusalem, Trump gave a speech at the Israel Museum, where he said "my administration will always stand with Israel". This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated. And the innocent life must be protected. Drive them out of your communities.

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The moment was an abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight".

In a statement, a foreign ministry spokesman appeared to criticise western security cooperation with Gulf states including Saudi Arabia. "Terrorism is a global threat and it is incumbent on the enlightened countries to defeat it everywhere".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's main spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said that Turkey and the United Kingdom "would continue their joint and resolute fight against terrorism in all of its forms". The prime minister, who had a frosty relationship with Trump's predecessor, heaped praise on the president throughout the two-day visit, declaring: "We understand each other". Still, White House officials had downplayed the prospects for a breakthrough on this trip, saying it was important to manage their ambitions as they wade into terrain that has tripped up more experienced diplomats.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, although a video circulating on social media attributed it to the Islamic State jihadist group. "Her hand went under his and up and out to say, 'No, you can't lead me like a child'".

"I send condolences to the families of those murdered and wishes of a speedy recovery to the wounded", Netanyahu said.