Trump: militant attacks 'all over
Europe,' some not reported
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[February 07, 2017]
By Steve Holland
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald
Trump on Monday accused the news media of ignoring attacks by Islamist
militants in Europe.
Trump, who has made defeating Islamic State a core goal of his
presidency, did not specify which attacks were going unreported, which
news media organizations were ignoring them, or offer any details to
support his claims.
"All over Europe, it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not
even being reported," he told a group of about 300 U.S. troops at
MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
"And, in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to
report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that," he added,
without saying what those reasons were.
The White House later released a list of 78 attacks around the world
from September 2014 to December 2016.
"Networks are not devoting to each of them the same level of coverage
they once did," a White House official said. "This cannot be allowed to
become the 'new normal.'"It was Trump's latest salvo against the news
media, a favorite target for derision that he says broadly
underestimated his chances during the presidential campaign. He has kept
up the attacks since his Jan. 20 inauguration.
Trump at one point cited attacks in the French cities of Paris and Nice,
which were widely covered. More than 230 people have died in France
alone in the past two years at the hands of attackers allied to Islamic
Al Tompkins at The Poynter Institute, a Florida-based journalism school,
dismissed Trump's criticism.
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President Donald Trump is welcomed as he speaks to commanders and
coalition representatives during a visit to U.S. Central Command and
U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa,
Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
"To suggest that journalists have some reason not to report ISIS
attacks is just outlandish," Tompkins said, using an acronym for
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Idrees Ali and
Susan Heavey in Washington; Writing by Phil Stewart; Editing by
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