President Donald Trump commented on a deadly incident that took place in New York City Tuesday and is being investigated as terrorism, saying it “looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person.”
An hour later, he appeared to link the incident to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which has not yet been found to have any connection to Tuesday’s attack.
He later tweeted condolences to the victims and their families:
The White House also issued a formal statement from the president:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today’s terrorist attack in New York City and their families. My Administration will provide its full support to the New York City Police Department, including through a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We offer our thanks to the first responders who stopped the suspect and rendered immediate aid to the victims of this cowardly attack. These brave men and women embody the true American spirit of resilience and courage. I will continue to follow developments closely.
At least eight people were killed and 15 injured after a man drove a Home Depot rental truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York City, striking several people, authorities said. One suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.
The FBI and the New York Police Department are investigating the incident.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) both visited the scene of the incident Tuesday afternoon. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed Trump on the incident.
Several members of Trump’s family, which was largely based in New York until he won the presidency in 2016, tweeted condolences before Trump commented on the incident:
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted about the incident shortly after Trump:
Trump has used the words “sick” and “deranged” while talking about suspects of other violent incidents, including the suspect in the Las Vegas shooting that took place earlier this month.
This story has been updated to include more details about Trump’s response and the incident.