Theresa May and Donald Trump: Manchester attack was wanton and depraved

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23rd May 2017

Theresa May and Donald Trump have described the Manchester terror attack as "wanton and depraved" as world leaders came together to condemn the horrific incident.

Donald Trump and Angela Merkel spoke on the phone in the wake of last night's carnage at an Ariana Grande concert
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The Prime Minister and US President spoke on the phone in the wake of last night's carnage at an Ariana Grande concert, which left 22 people dead and dozens injured.

A readout of the conversation issued by the White House said: "The two leaders agreed that this attack – which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event – was particularly wanton and depraved,” it said.

"The President reassured the Prime Minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism.

"He offered American aid in the United Kingdom’s investigation and vowed to continue the mutual fight against terrorism."

The intervention comes ahead of this week's G7 summit, where President Trump and Mrs May will be among the attendees.

"The President said he looks forward to seeing the Prime Minister in person and discussing America’s unbreakable commitment to the United Kingdom and the ways both countries can work with allies and partners around the world to defeat terrorism," the White House statement said.

Speaking in Israel this morning, President Trump branded the terrorists "evil losers".

'DESPICABLE ACTS'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the act would "strengthen" the determination of Germany and the UK to work together, while European Commission president Jean Claude-Juncker echoed that sentiment on behalf of the EU.

“It is incomprehensible that someone could use a joyful pop concert to kill or seriously injure so many people. I would like to convey my sincere condolences to all victims and those affected, as well as to their families in their grief and despair,” the German Chancellor said.

"This suspected terrorist attack will merely strengthen our determination to continue working together without friends in the UK to combat those who plan and carry out such despicable acts. People in the UK can rest assured that Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with them."

Mr Juncker said: “I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear about last night’s brutal attack in Manchester and the tragic loss of so many lives. It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy; killing and injuring young people and families coming together in celebration.

“These cowardly attacks only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts.”

The bloc subsequently lowered the 28 European Union flags outside the Brussels parliament as a mark of respect.

'HEINOUS ACT'

France’s new President Emmanuel Macron, who is expected to sign a book of condolence at the British embassy in Paris later today, released a statement this morning.

“I utterly condemn this heinous act, which targeted our British ally,” he said.

“France expresses its condolences to the victims’ families and assures the people of Manchester and the British authorities of its solidarity in this ordeal."

The Queen added her condolences to those affected by last night’s “barbarity", while expressing her “admiration” for the people of Manchester.

"I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured," she said.

"I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

"And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity."

Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins condemned the attack on a “welcoming city”, adding that he would be writing to both the Queen and Manchester Regional Mayor Andy Burnham to express his condolences.

"This cowardly attack on innocent citizens will have appalled all those who care for democracy, freedom and the right to live and enjoy the public space," he said.

"Manchester has been home to the Irish and so many nationalities for centuries and at this terrible time I want to send the people of this great and welcoming city not only our sympathy but our solidarity.

“Our thoughts in Ireland are with all of the people of Manchester and our neighbours throughout the United Kingdom at this time.

Elsewhere, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted:

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed his country's "resolute solidarity" with the UK.

"Australia stands with Britain in resolute solidarity. Partners in freedom’s cause, tireless in our defence of our peoples’ safety and our liberty. Our nations will never give in to terror," he said.