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Trump Calls Putin, Offers ‘Full Support’ in Response to the Bombing in St Petersburg

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US President Donald Trump already called up Russian President Vladimir Putin to offer his “full support” following the attack on St. Petersburgh subway that killed 14 and injured about 50 others on Monday afternoon.

Donald Trump Speaks With Russian Leader Vladimir Putin From The White House

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A statement from the White House read, “President Trump offered the full support of the United States government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.  Trump and President Putin agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated.”

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The suspect in the bombing has been identified as a 22-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, named Akbarzhon Jalilov, who is already a Russian citizen. Initial reports revealed that the suspect also died in what was being considered as a suicide attack.

There was another bomb found at another location in the metro but fortunately, it failed to detonate. However, the suspect was linked to the second explosive device through DNA. At this point, authorities are still trying to determine if he worked alone.

The US and Russia have been waging a proxy war in Syria as rebels are trying to unseat Bashar Hafez al-Assad. During the campaign period, Trump has been advocating for a hands-off approach when it comes to Syria as he scored former president Barack Obama for actively participating in the conflict. But the recent sarin gas attack that was pinned on the Russian-backed Assad apparently changed his mind.

Trump wants Assad leave office

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“These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House.

Trump said the world should not stand by while chemical attacks are unleashed on Syrian citizens. However, he stopped short of laying down the US policy on Assad going forward.

For his part, Trump is also under investigation by the FBI for his alleged role in the Russian hacking incident that Obama and Hillary Clinton claimed undermined US elections.

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