Trump rejects blame over Coast Guard officer’s terror plot

Trump rejects blame over Coast Guard officer’s terror plot

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President Donald Trump talks to reporters outside the White House. (File photo: TMN)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denied Friday that his history of harsh rhetoric against the media and his political enemies played any role in influencing a Coast Guard officer’s alleged domestic terror plot.

“I think my language is very nice,” Trump said from the Oval Office.

Prosecutors currently believe that Christopher Hasson, a Silver Spring, Md.-based Coast Guard officer, was planning to kill members of the media and politicians who have criticized Trump.

“The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct,” prosecutors said in court filings, noting that Hasson has stockpiled weapons and has espoused an extremist white supremacist ideology.

Hasson, who was arrested on unrelated drugs and firearms charges, was ordered detained on Thursday for two weeks while prosecutors built their case.

Friday marked the first time Trump had publicly commented on the issue.

The president said that it was a “shame” and that he intended to receive a fuller briefing on it later in the afternoon.

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