Wednesday, February 11, 2015

White House and State Department double down: Defend President Obama's random shooting comments about Paris Kosher supermarket attack

obamaThe White House is defending President Obama's remarks about the recent attack on Paris Kosher supermarket as just being a random shooting. During his interview with, President Obama claimed the radical Islamic terrorists who killed several French Jews during the January attack just "randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.

ABC News' Jon Karl: "Does the President have any doubt that those terrorists attack that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?"

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: "It is clear from the terrorists and the writings that they put out afterward what their motivation was.

"The adverb that the President chose was used to indicate that the individuals who were killed in that terrible, tragic incident were killed not because of who they were but because of where they randomly happened to be.

"These individuals were not targeted by name."

Karl: "Not by name, but by religion, were they not?"

Earnest: "There were people other than just Jews who were in that deli."


The State Department also defended the President's remarks.

AP reporter Matt Lee: "Does the administration really believe that the victims of this attack were not singled out because they were of a particular faith?"

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki: "Well, as you know, I believe if I remember the victims specifically, they were not all victims of one background or one nationality."

Lee: "Does the administration believe this was an anti-Jewish or an attack on a Jewish community in Paris?"

Psaki: "I don't think we're going to speak on behalf of French authorities."


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