Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, ex-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson hit back at President-elect Donald Trump over his statement in response to the apparent terror-related attack in Berlin.
Richardson, who served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations under Bill Clinton, spoke with host Ali Velshi regarding whether it is dangerous for Trump to be sending out a statement tying the attack to Islamic terrorism before anyone knows who was behind it.
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“I’d like to say something supportive of the President-elect,” Richardson stated. “But, you know, to frame this attack as a clash of civilizations, Christians against Muslims, it helps ISIS recruit. It helps inflame the situation.”
The former Democratic presidential candidate added, “I wish the President-elect wouldn’t do foreign policy by tweet or there should be, I think, more concerted effort to one, get more information. Number two, find ways that we can not make this an inflammatory charge against Muslim countries that are our allies.”
Roughly around the same time as this interview, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Berlin. The man who was originally detained by police as a suspect was later released by police.
Watch the entire interview above, via MSNBC.