Donald Trump accused of endorsing Marine Le Pen with Paris tweet

Friday, April 21, 2017

Donald Trump has been accused of endorsing Marine Le Pen in a tweet about last night's shooting in Paris.

The US President tweeted that the shooting on the Champs-Elysees, carried out by an Islamic extremist, will have "a big effect" on France's forthcoming election.

Some have taken this to mean that Trump is implicitly backing Le Pen, who is known for her tough line against immigration and who raged against "monstrous islamism" in a tweet this morning.

Trump was also criticised for gross insensitivity in his timing and choice of words, in what appears to be another PR own goal for the Republican billionaire.

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