US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described as a “horrible situation” the Pulwama terrorist attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, in which at least 40 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed, and said he was getting reports on it and would issue a statement.
State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino expressed “strong support” for India and asked Pakistan to “punish anyone responsible” for the suicide attack.
The February 14 terror attack has led to escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and talking to reporters at the Oval office, Trump said that it would be ‘wonderful’ if the two Asian neighbours got along.
“The terrorist attack was a horrible situation. We are getting reports. We will have a statement to put out,” Trump said.
Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, has supported India’s right to self-defense.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Bolton, and the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in separate statements have asked Pakistan to instantly take action against the JeM and its leaders and end support to terrorist safe haven.