The Donald Trump administration has dismissed as ‘absurd’ any correlation between the United States President’s controversial remarks on immigrants and the Kansas shooting incident that resulted in the ‘tragic’ death of an Indian engineer.
“Obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into, like, to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd. So I’m not going to go any further than that,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
Spicer was responding to a question on the shooting incident in Kansas on Wednesday night in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and another Indian man and an American were injured after an American Navy veteran yelling ‘get out of my country’ and ‘terrorist’ opened fire on them at a bar in an apparent racially motivated hate crime.
“What the President’s response to it was, but also if there’s any concern that some of the rhetoric that the President or — that generally has been out here recently could have contributed in any way to that or stepped up violence?” he was asked.
Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in the US has issued a demarche to the State Department on the killing of an Indian engineer and called for a speedier investigation.
The Indian Embassy also asked that it be kept informed on the investigation.