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Trump: Louvre attack was committed by ‘radical Islamic terrorist’

President Trump seized on news of an attempted terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, calling the alleged attacker a “radical Islamic terrorist” and urging the U.S. to “GET SMART.”

A man armed with a machete attacked a soldier outside the iconic art museum on Friday, reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar” beforehand. The attacker had apparently attempted to enter the museum, and was shot and wounded by a second soldier. He is currently in custody.

The public prosecutor’s office has opened an anti-terrorism inquiry into the case.

{mosads}So far, no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, and it was not clear what inspired the attack. The BBC reported that a second person has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Trump’s comments came a week after he signed an executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and halted the country’s refugee resettlement program. 

The order has provoked a fierce backlash, with critics arguing it is illegal or unconstitutional.

As a presidential candidate, Trump called for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. and suggested creating a Muslim registry. He has long claimed that Islamist extremists are using the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq to enter the U.S., despite a lack of evidence.

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