- REUTERS/Mike Segar
Donald Trump on Monday shot back at critics of his declaration that the explosion in New York City on Saturday night was a bombing before officials had publicly disclosed the nature of the event.
In an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Monday, the Republican presidential nominee mocked critics who said he should have waited to label the explosion a bombing until after officials made a determination.
“I heard I was criticized for calling it correctly, but I was actually correct,” Trump said. “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news.”
Trump described the explosion, which injured 29 people in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and which authorities believe was caused by a homemade pressure-cooker device, as a bombing to a crowd at a rally on Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York,” Trump said. “And nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”
He added: “We better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough.”
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, also labeled the explosion a bombing later Saturday night, but she urged caution in labeling events before authorities confirmed the cause.
Asked about Trump’s comments while speaking with reporters after the explosion on Saturday, Clinton said “it’s important to know the facts about any incident like this.”
“I think it’s always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions,” Clinton said.
At multiple points during the campaign, Trump has lauded his ability to anticipate terrorist attacks. Following the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year that left dozens dead, Trump touted his plan to bar Muslims from entering the US, saying he predicted future attacks.
“What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning,” Trump wrote on Twitter at the time. “Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough.”