After a bombing at a Minnesota mosque, some have criticized President Trump for not commenting on the attack.
The FBI has concluded it was a homemade explosive device that set off the blast, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said it was an "act of terrorism."
On MSNBC today, hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle pressed Trump's deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, on why the president has remained tight-lipped when he is usually quick to comment on security issues.
"Will the White House be commenting on it?" Ruhle asked.
“When we have some kind of finalized investigation, absolutely,” Gorka said. “Let's wait and see. Let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments.”
Ruhle pointed out that Trump was quick to comment on the recent terror attack in London before all the details emerged.
“Sometimes an attack is unequivocally clear for what it is. When somebody shouts Allahu Akbar as they’re stabbing a police officer, it’s pretty clear it’s not a case of the mafia robbing a bank. Wouldn’t you say so?” Gorka countered.
Velshi asked him if he thinks someone bombing a mosque is “fuzzy ground.”
Gorka argued that there have been “alleged hate crimes by right-wing individuals” that were actually “propagated by the left.”
“When you have people fake hate crimes in the last six months with some regularity, I think it’s wise, don’t you, to find out exactly what’s going on before you make statements, when in fact they can turn out to be not who you are expecting?” Gorka said.
"Hold your horses. Count to ten. And the president will do what he deems fit."
Watch the back-and-forth above, and see Gorka weigh in on North Korea on "Hannity" below.