Trump says Russian envoy’s killing in Turkey carried out by ‘radical Islamic terrorist’

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a 'Thank You Tour 2016' rally in Orlando, Florida on December 16, 2016.

US President-elect Donald Trump condemned the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, on Monday, saying the killing was carried out by a “radical Islamic terrorist” and violated “all rules of civilized order.”

In a statement on Monday, Trump offered condolences to the family of Karlov, who was shot down by a police officer while attending an event at an art gallery in Ankara.

In a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Monday, Trump said “Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany — and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!

A police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, born in 1994 in Turkey’s western province of Aydın, gunned down Karlov as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday.

The gunman, who was serving in the Special Forces department in Ankara, reportedly shouted “Only death can take me from here” as he protested Russian involvement in Aleppo with slogans in both Turkish and Arabic. He vowed revenge against “all who have a part in the oppression,” in reference to Syria.

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  1. By now, the citizens of the United States know that you shoot from the hip, without being properly informed and aware of circumstances. The shooting, while disgraceful Mr. Trump, was enacted by a “lone wolf.” How unfortunate for both parties involved in this tragedy. But, for you to accuse the police officer of participating in radicalism without proof is beyond comprehensible. China has already called you out twice over for the inappropriate comments you made about the government. The latest confrontation with the Chinese was over yet, another insult; you accused their navy of stealing a US drone. By now, I am certain, you have used your Twitter account to lay the foundation for falsehoods and slander. Half of the US population is not excited by your win. On the contrary, we fear that the country will backslide into xenophobic hysteria nourished by you. Because you lack the diplomatic wherewithal to employ cultural diversity and empathy, you will not make “America Great Again'” but make it a global laughing stock.