Queen Elizabeth, Trump Condemn New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand’s head of state, said she was “deeply saddened” by the attacks on two mosques on Friday which left 49 people dead.

“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch… At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders,” the queen said in a message.

“Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives,” she said, paying tribute to emergency workers and volunteers at the scene.

She last visited New Zealand in 2002 as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Also, President Donald Trump and the White House on Friday condemned the terrorist attacks at New Zealand mosques and said the U.S. will extend any support necessary.

“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Trump tweeted. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders sent out a separate statement saying “we stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”

The shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch left 49 people dead in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”‘

“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ardern said.

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