The White House released on November 1 the following remarks by President Donald Trump:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of yesterday's terrorist attack in New York City and their families. My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We offer our thanks to the first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of this cowardly attack. These brave men and women embody the true American spirit of resilience and courage. I will continue to follow developments closely.”

On Twitter, British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her horror at the attack. She wrote that she was "appalled by this cowardly attack," adding: "My thoughts are with all affected. Together we will defeat the evil of terrorism. UK stands with #NYC."

Pope Francis spoke to the more than 25,000 pilgrims assembled at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican and expressed his “deep sorrow” over the attack by the Muslim terrorist from Uzbekistan who mowed down pedestrians on a bike path in New York City on Tuesday. Among the dead were five compatriots of the Pope, who was born in Argentina. Referring to attacks in Somalia and Afghanistan as well, the Pope said, “I am deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attacks in Somalia, Afghanistan and yesterday in New York.” Francis said, “In deploring such acts of violence, I pray for the dead, the injured and their families.” The pontiff added, “Let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of the terrorists and to free the world from hatred and from the homicidal lunacy that abuses God’s name to sow death.”

Please convey our condolences to the family members of the dead, as well as our best wishes for the quick recovery among the wounded." So wrote Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a message to President Trump in which he gave reassurances of Spain's "solidarity" with the United States, a "friend and ally." "Our determination to continue fighting the threat of terrorism and blind, senseless hatred is deepened today. We know that, despite the sorrow they have caused, the terrorists will never achieve their goal of seeing the surrend of free societies."



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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