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Amy Klobuchar calls on Donald Trump to defend Muslims after mosque attack

March 17, 2019

Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Sunday that President Trump should be defending Muslims publicly after the white nationalist terror attack last week that killed roughly 50 people at two mosques.

“At the very least, he is dividing people,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told CNN of the president.

Ms. Klobuchar’s comments come as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown said he had not spoken to Mr. Trump about the white nationalist terrorist attack, which occurred Friday and was live streamed on Facebook.

“There is no need for me to specifically speak to the president,” Mr. Brown told CNN, adding Mr. Trump spoke directly to the prime minister of New Zealand.

The president is coming under fire from Democrats for downplaying the rise of white nationalism around the world in the aftermath of the attacks.

Mr. Brown, though, dismissed the terrorist being motivated by the president’s rhetoric.

“I am the president’s representative,” Mr. Brown said. “I condemn racism.”