Trump condemns attack on Coptic Christians

December 30, 2017 - 12:25 am

CAIRO (AP) —  President Donald Trump is condemning an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt Friday.

The White House says Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after the attack by a gunman in Helwan killed at least eight members of Egypt's long-suffering minority community as well as a police officer.

Trump "condemned the attack and reiterated that the United States will continue to stand with Egypt in the face of terrorism," the White House says in a statement. "President Trump emphasized his commitment to strengthening efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all their forms."

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Trump has promised to make protecting beleaguered Christian communities overseas a priority for his administration.

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