US President Donald Trump Describes Pulwama Terror Attack As "horrible Situation"

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described as a "horrible situation" the Pulwama terrorist attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed, and said he was getting reports on it and would issue a statement.

Written By Monica Aggarwal | Mumbai | Updated On:

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday termed the Pulwama terrorist attack, perpetrated by Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit, in which 40 Indian CRPF personnel were killed, as "horrible situation", and stated that he would issue a statement in the matter of terrorism.

"I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have a comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along," he said in response to a question.

"That (the terrorist attack) was a horrible situation. We are getting reports. We will have a statement to put out," Trump further said.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, had earlier extended support to India's right to self-defense. 

Bolton had telephoned India's NSA Ajit Doval on the morning of February 16 to express his condolences for the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and offered the US' full support to India in confronting terrorism.

"I told Ajit Doval today that we support India's right to self-defense. I have spoken to him twice, including this morning... and expressed US' condolences over the terrorist attack," he said to news agency PTI.

READ: "Support India's Right To Self-defense": US NSA Tells Indian Counterpart Ajit Doval, Expresses Condolences On Pulwama Terror Attack

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Bolton, and the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in separate statements have asked Pakistan to immediately take action against the JeM and its leaders and end support to terrorist safe haven.

"The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a late night statement on Thursday.

The February 14 attack has led to an escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and Trump told reporters at the Oval Office of White House that it would be "wonderful" if the two South Asia neighbours get along. The security personnel were killed when a JeM terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a vehicle carrying them.

READ: US Asks Pakistan To Immediately End 'support' And 'safe Haven' To All Terrorist Groups

(With PTI inputs)

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