The White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.”
The White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump has condemned it and all other such hate-driven attacks around the country.
“As more facts come to light and it begins to look like this was an act of racially motivated hatred,” I want to reiterate the President condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms. They have no place in our country,” said Sanders.
She added she wouldn’t be surprised if the president referred to the killing in his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday.
The White House has been slow to condemn the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas last week, and went from a perfunctory response saying “any loss of life is tragic” to calling reports about the shooting “disturbing”.
Sanders said the President is “keeping the family of the victim who was senselessly killed in his thoughts and prayers and praying for the full and speedy recovery for those who were wounded”.
Kuchibhotla, 32, an employee of GPS-maker Garmin, was killed when US navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire after shouting “get out of my country”. His colleague, Alok Madasani, 32, was also injured.
The FBI announced Tuesday it was investigation the shooting as a hate-crime.