Since a makeshift bomb tore through a Minnesota mosque early Saturday morning, President Donald Trump has used Twitter, his preferred platform for communicating with the American people, to rail about "fake news", attack a Democratic senator from CT and insist that he's working hard while vacationing in New Jersey.
Trump remains silent but adviser Sebastian Gorka suggests Minnesota attack could have been staged.
Gorka described the tweets as a warning to Pyongyang, which said on Tuesday that it is considering strikes on an American territory following Trump's vow to unleash "fire, fury and frankly power" on North Korea if it continues to threaten the United States.
The bomb, which according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was a homemade explosive device, tore through the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center Saturday and was called an "act of terrorism" by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. "What prevents the president from expressing sympathy for members of the house of worship that was attacked?" he told Buzzfeed News. No-one was injured in the blast, which heavily damaged the imam's office and shattered windows. "And then the White House will make its comments".
"There's no such thing as a lone wolf".
"The question of who does it, when people fake hate crimes in the last six months with some regularity, it's wise to find out what's going on before you make statements when they could turn out to be not who you are expecting", Gorka quickly interjected, interrupting the reporter.You do know that.
Gorka said that whether it was the seven-fold increase in leaks from the last administration or these type of statements from lawmakers, he is saddened with the lack of support for the president. "There never been a serious attack or a serious plot that was unconnected from ISIS or al-Qaeda, at least through the ideology and TTPs, tactics and training and techniques and procedures, that they supply through the internet - never happened, it's bogus". "When people don't want to become jihadis, that's when we will have won", Gorka said.
"Are you saying they have built an atomic bomb to shake us down for stuff?"
So, why has Trump said nothing about a bombing targeting Americans on American soil?
Gorka disputed the existence of right-wing extremists - who have reportedly carried out almost twice as many terrorist attacks in the USA over the past decade than Islamic militants - when he was asked why the White House had not commented on a mosque bombing in Minnesota.
Trump could still denounce the bombing, regardless of why the device was detonated, but if officials in the West Wing believe it's better to say absolutely nothing until every question has a firm answer, they can certainly do that.