Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad called out President Trump for promoting Islamophobia after 49 people were killed in an attack at two mosques in New Zealand, according to Huffington Post

Awad condemned the attack and issued a direct message to Trump reminding him that his influence and policies have a global impact. 

“You should condemn this not only as a hate crime, but as a white supremacist terrorist attack,” he said. “You need to assure all of us ― Muslims, blacks, Jews, immigrants ― that we are protected and you will not tolerate any physical violence against us because we are immigrants or we are minorities. You need to condemn this clearly today and you do not need to be vague. You have to be very clear on this.”

Trump said Friday that he does not see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, CNN reports. 

“I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess. If you look what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet…But it’s certainly a terrible thing,” Trump said.

Awad also called world leaders to action saying,” We ask our political leaders to address the growing menace of Islamophobia and hate that has been perpetrated by political leaders, by ideologues, by people who want to run for public office, by people who won public office on the backs of immigrants, blacks, Jews, Muslims and all minorities.”

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