ISIS Officially Taunts Trump, Ending a Conspicuous Silence
On Tuesday, the Islamic State released its first official statement on President Trump, though he was not called out by name.
DOUG MILLS / THE NEW YORK TIMES
By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
APRIL 4, 2017
Although members and supporters of the Islamic State have frequently commented on President Trump and his policies, analysts have been puzzled by the terrorist group’s official silence about him. Mr. Trump had not been mentioned in any of the group’s official media — all frequent venues for criticism or taunting of former President Barack Obama and other world leaders.
More than two months after Mr. Trump was sworn in as president, the Islamic State’s spokesman on Tuesday released the group’s first official statement on him, in an audio recording calling him an “idiot” and deriding his attacks on Muslims, among other claims.
Even then, Mr. Trump was only indirectly insulted rather than called out by name.
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