Trump points finger in case of terrorist attack in US
President Donald Trump appears to be laying the groundwork to shift blame for any future terrorist attack on US soil from his administration to the federal judiciary, as well as to the media.
In recent tweets, Mr Trump personally attacked James Robart, a US district judge in Washington state, for putting "our country in such peril" with his ruling that temporarily blocked enforcement of the administration's ban on all refugees as well as citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.
Then yesterday, Mr Trump seemed to spread that blame to include news organisations. In his speech to the US Central Command, the president accused the media of failing to report on some terrorist attacks for what he implied were nefarious reasons.
He added, "You've seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it."
White House press secretary Sean Spicer sought to clarify Trump's remarks, telling reporters traveling on Air Force One that the president believes some terrorist attacks have been "underreported."
"Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn't necessarily get the same coverage."
David Frum, a White House speechwriter under President George W Bush, said: "Mr Trump's instinct to pass blame is very strong. ... I don't know whether people will succumb to this."