On Monday night, news broke that there was an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England. The news is heartbreaking, as it was reported that the Greater Manchester incident is being treated as terrorism until officials have more to go off of. In addition to the ongoing investigation, there have been casualties reported, as well. Currently, people are concerned with getting concertgoers safe to their families, a priority in a scene of chaos. In addition to that, some may be wondering what Donald Trump's response to the Ariana Grande concert explosion will be. Update: President Trump released a statement regarding the tragedy in Manchester since publication. He said:
“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term.”
“They would think that’s a great thing. I will call them from now on – losers – because that’s what they are – they’re losers and we’ll have more of them. But that’s what they are – they’re losers. Just remember that.”
Earlier: As for an immediate response, President Trump was quiet on social media. Romper reached out to the White House Press Office but did not receive a response at the time of publication. While Trump has not released a statement or tweeted a message, his response to the tragedy is incredibly important. It is a time where he will need to show solidarity with England and hopefully provide support in any possible way. He will hopefully provide his condolences for those who lost their loved ones in the explosion, as well. But, one of the most important things that people should watch for in President Trump's response is that Trump will need to restrain from blaming or fueling fear against anyone other than the attackers (if investigations do come back as a terrorist attack, as CNN reports).
Within the hours after the explosion, Prime Minister Theresa May released the statement saying that the incident will be treated "by the police as an appalling terrorist attack," according to the BBC. The Mayor Andy Burnham of Greater Manchester released the following statement, saying that his "heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones," his tweet began, completing it with, "My admiration to our brave emergency services. A terrible night for our great city."
Many celebrities have expressed their condolences for the victims of the incident. Stars like Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and more have spoken all tweeted, sending their thoughts to those hurt and affected.
Now, the world waits to see how President Trump will respond to the incident. His response will be important in setting the tone for how he and his administration will handle situations of tragedy. Will he be a lending hand to those that need the United States the most, or will he miss the point with a tone deaf tweet?