Trump Predicts The Attack In Paris Will Have A 'big Effect On Presidential Election!'





President Donald Trump tweeted about a terror attack in France, saying it will affect their upcoming election.

President Donald Trump tweeted about a terror attack in France, saying it will affect their upcoming election. | Getty

Trump: Attack in Paris will have 'big effect' on their election

President Donald Trump predicted Friday morning that a shooting on Paris’ famous Champs Elysées “will have a big effect on presidential election” in France as voting begins on Sunday.

Thursday night in Paris, a gunman opened fire on police officers, killing one and injuring two others. The gunman then fled and was killed by another police officer in a shootout that also hit a foreign tourist. French President Francois Hollande said the shooting was “likely terrorist-related” and the Islamic State claimed credit after the attack.

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“Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

The U.S. president has not officially backed a candidate in the French election, but far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is widely seen as holding views, especially on immigration and terrorism, that are close to those of Trump. Le Pen, one of the election’s front-runners who spoke Thursday of her “anger” following the attack and insisted that France possesses “the means to defend itself,” was spotted at Trump Tower during the transition period.

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Emmanuel Macron, a center-left candidate who made public on Thursday excerpts of his telephone conversation with former U.S. President Barack Obama, said after the shooting that “to preside is to protect.” He, along with Le Pen and conservative candidate François Fillon are seen are the top three candidates heading into this weekend’s election.

Friday's post is not the first time Trump has used Twitter to respond to news of a terrorist attack in France. Early in the presidential race, Trump blamed France's strict gun control laws for a coordinated Islamic State terrorist attack in Paris and its suburbs against multiple targets that left 137 people dead. The attack also prompted Trump to call for the surveillance of and potentially closure of some mosques.

Last July, Trump delayed his announcement of Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate because of an attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day that left dozens of people dead. And in February, Trump wrote on Twitter that it was time for the U.S. to "get smart" after a man wielding two machetes attacked French soldiers near the Louvre in Paris.

Pence also offered condolences on Friday morning to the people of France after the attack.

"The people of France are on our hearts today," he said from Jakarta.

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