Posted by Fairfax Media on Thursday, April 23, 2019 11:39:01 US President Donald Trump was “completely unprepared” to be the nation’s leader in the wake of the deadly ambush on the US embassy in the Philippines, the US State Department said.
“The President was totally unprepared for the ambush, and in the midst of the event was totally unaware of the situation,” the department said in a statement.
It said the president “did not have a plan in place to react”.
The US embassy has been under lockdown since the attack on the embassy in Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
The US president is on a visit to Asia and has yet to address the attack, which left five people dead.
US President George W Bush has said the US was “not yet in full reaction” to the attack and had not yet identified a suspect.
“We have not identified a single individual as of yet,” he said on Friday.
I know that the FBI and the US Secret Service have been working with the Philippine government and local authorities to identify any leads. “
At this time, there are very little leads to the suspect.
Mr Trump said the attack was the worst he had seen since the 9/11 attacks, which he blamed on the Obama administration. “
I have not been briefed on the details of the attack but I know it is an act of violence and an act that the President of the United States will not tolerate.”
Mr Trump said the attack was the worst he had seen since the 9/11 attacks, which he blamed on the Obama administration.
The attack on Wednesday night left the US ambassador to Manila, Gary Locke, dead.
Mr Trump was at the State Department when the attack took place, and he said the White House was “deeply shocked and saddened”.
He has also condemned the attack.
US Ambassador Gary Locke died after being attacked while attending a function at the US Embassy in Manila.
US Vice President Mike Pence, who was on a trip to Asia, said he was “heartbroken and shocked” by the attack “but we remain focused on the people of the city of Manila”.
“This is a very, very sad day for the people in the city,” he told reporters.
Mr Pence has called for unity across the US in the aftermath of the ambush.
US Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, tweeted: “As I said yesterday, the President was shocked and devastated.
He has spoken to the President about the situation.
We will continue to support him, and we will continue the fight against terrorism.”
The Philippine president has called the attack a “terrorist attack”.
The State Department also confirmed that Mr Trump had spoken to President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine leader, but did not say whether he was briefed on what happened.
The State Secretary, Heather Nauert, said the attacks were “an attack against our national security”.
“We are deeply saddened and horrified by the terrible attack on our diplomatic mission in Manila and we offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of Ambassador Gary and Ambassador Locke,” Ms Nauert said.
The President said the incident was “unacceptable and totally unacceptable”.
The president tweeted that he was saddened by the incident, adding: “Our hearts go out to the family of Ambassador Locke and Ambassador Gil.
The people of our country will be the first to know if this was a terrorist attack.”
The State Departments statement did not name the ambassador to the Philippines but it is believed he is the ambassador of Singapore.
The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr Tillerson said he had spoken with Mr Duterte, and called for a speedy investigation.
He said that the attack showed the “unprecedented level of disrespect for our nation’s diplomats, the safety of our diplomats, and the very values that our nation stands for”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Mr Trump would not “take this personally” and would “speak out against this type of attack”.
He added that he hoped the incident would “be a wake-up call for all the nations in the world”.
US President Barack Obama said the embassy attack was a “brutal and cowardly act” and “not only has our embassy been attacked, it has also been destroyed”.
“That is not how we act,” he added.
The attacks were the deadliest since the Philippines’ former President Rodrigo De Freitas was assassinated in a gun battle with US forces in 1986.
Mr Duterte has said he wants to “liberate” the Philippines from foreign interference.