A rising star in the Democratic Party blasted President Donald Trump on CNN for tweeting without getting all the facts about Friday’s London explosion, but waited days following Charlottesville.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) was on “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer to speak about the London explosion from the perspective of a member of the Armed Services Committee.
Gallego joined the Marines after graduating from Harvard and deployed to Iraq in 2005.
“ISIS is losing the territorial boundaries it used to claim under its big caliphate,” Rep. Gallego explained. “So in order to have relevance within … the terrorist world or at least those who are drawn towards terrorism — whether it is funding or to go fight — they are trying to export their method of battle and war through more terrorism and less the actual holding of territory.”
“So they’re going to increase, unfortunately, their terrorism in order to try to stay relevant,” Rep. Gallego predicted. “That’s why it is even more important that somebody like our president needs to stay calm — as the Brits say — keep a stiff upper lip and work with our allies and not be so quick to jump the gun without talking to our allies, whether it’s Britain or anybody else, when these types of terrorist attacks happen.”
Blitzer referenced a tweet President Trump sent early Friday morning.
Another attack in London by a loser terrorist.These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!# p #7_14 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017# p #8_14 # ad skipped = true #
“The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, said the tweet wasn’t helpful. Was the president out-of-line for speculating on the attack before getting all the facts?” Blitzer asked.
“Well certainly the president was out of line,” Rep. Gallego replied.
“It’s a little twisted the fact that the president jumped so quickly when it involves potentially a Muslim bomber, but was not so quick when it came to the Charlottesville driver,” Rep. Gallego noted. “I think that tells you a lot about what the president is thinking, which is disturbing to me.”