Here are reports on the Danish 'terror' attacks Donald Trump says weren't reported
President Trump accused the Western media of covering up terror attacks, including three incidents in Denmark that I covered extensively for The Local. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Originally published in The Local - February 7, 2017
In an escalation of his self-declared “running war with the media”, US President Donald Trump and his administration have accused the Western media of conspiring to avoid coverage of terrorist attacks.
“Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino. And all across Europe, you’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening. And it’s gotten to the point that it’s not even being reported and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that,” Trump said while addressing members of the military in Florida on Monday.
Trump says "the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report" on terrorism: "They have their reasons, and you understand that." pic.twitter.com/BQoTadwrpy
Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer later walked back his boss’s claims a bit by saying that Trump administration thinks certain attacks haven’t “gotten the coverage [they] deserved”. In an attempt to back this claim, the White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks that Trump felt didn’t get proper coverage.
Here's the list the White House sent of attacks they feel "did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources." pic.twitter.com/lj8eOZQfnY
The August 2016 police shooting at Christiania. In the late hours of August 31st, two police officers and a civilian were shot in what police said was a drug bust gone awry at Pusher Street, the notorious open-air cannabis market in the Copenhagen enclave of Christiania.
Copenhagen Police confirmed to The Local on Tuesday that they still had no evidence to suggest it was a terror attack, while Magnus Ranstorp, an internationally renowned terrorism expert and researcher at Sweden's National Defence University, said that it's quite normal for Islamists to claim Western terror attacks after the fact.
"They want to appear to be omnipresent, to be eveywhere," he told The Local.
Police said that Hozdic, who came to Denmark from Bosnia and Herzegovina aged four, was an established player in the Christiania drug trade, which is largely controlled by organized gangs. Police raids are common on Pusher Street, as are clashes between officers and dealers, but this was the first fatal incident involving police.