ISIS reiterated on Monday the claim of responsibility for the attack.
“One of the Caliphate’s soldiers in America carried out a security invasion where he was able to enter a crusader gathering at a nightclub for homosexuals in Orlando,” the group said in a broadcast on its Albayan Radio
Law enforcement officials were looking for clues as to whether anyone worked with Mateen on the attack, said Lee Bentley, U.S. Attorney for Florida’s middle district.
“There is an investigation of other persons, we are working as diligently as we can on that,” Bentley told a news conference. “If anyone else was involved in this crime, they will be prosecuted.”
Clinton, echoing Obama in describing the attack as an act of terror and hate, noted that “we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad.”
“It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values,” she said in a statement.
Trump, characteristically, took a harsher tone. “If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore,” he said. Describing the shooter–named as Omar Mir Saddique Mateen–as a radical Islamic terrorist, the Republican candidate criticized Obama for “disgracefully’ refusing “even to say the words ‘Radical Islam’” in his statement on the killings. “If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency,” he said.
Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama to resign from office because he did not say the words “radical Islam,” in a statement in response to the Orlando massacre where 50 people were killed.
“Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse,” Trump said in a statement. “I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.”
Donald Trump on Monday said the United States needs to increase its military response against Islamic State in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting over the weekend, including additional bombings.
The presumptive Republican nominee, in an interview on Fox News, said that he would address acts of terrorism in his speech at 2 p.m. EDT in New Hampshire, which he had earlier planned to use to target Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.