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Trump: ‘Orlando killer shouted Allah hu Akbar as he slaughtered clubgoers’

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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted a report claiming that the Orlando, Fla., shooter yelled “Allah hu Akbar” as he killed people early Sunday morning at a nightclub.

“Reporting that Orlando killer shouted ‘Allah hu Akbar!’ as he slaughtered clubgoers,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Trump appears to have lifted the tweet from Sebastian Gorka, an irregular-warfare strategist and the author of “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.”



{mosads}The attack at the Orlando nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 wounded, making it the deadliest mass-shooting incident in U.S. history. 

The man arrested in Los Angeles with weapons had no known connection to the Orlando shooter.

The Orlando suspect, Omar Mateen, called 911 prior to the attack. An FBI official confirmed that the man’s remarks had general connections to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The content of those calls is now federal evidence.

Trump tweeted about the attack earlier in the day. He said it was a “horrific incident” and called for the country to get “tough, smart & vigilant.” He later thanked his supporters for their praise about “being right on radical Islamic terrorism.”

“I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” he tweeted.

He also attacked President Obama for refusing to attribute shooting to radical Islam.

“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’. For that reason alone, he should step down,” Trump said in a statement Sunday afternoon. 

“Allahu Akbar” is an Arabic phrase that translates roughly to “God is great.”

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