When asked Tuesday whether he would have killed the gorilla, Trump said: "I think it's a very tough call. They probably didn't have a choice. You have a child, a young child, who is at stake and you know, it's too bad there wasn't another way."
He added: "I thought it was so beautiful to watch that powerful, almost 500-pound gorilla, the way he dealt with that little boy, But it just takes one second. It's one second. It's not like it takes place over, well, 'he's going to do it 30 seconds from now.' It takes one little flick of his finger, and I will tell you, they probably had no choice."
Celebrities react to Harambe the Gorilla's killing
Donald Trump and 'Jungle' Jack Hanna weigh in on gorilla controversy: 'It's a very tough call'
RIP #harambe Im sure I will get tons of backlash (per usual) I mean let's be honest, I wear the wrong sweatpants and the entire world has something to say about it, but once again , another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains. If you watch the footage, you see this gorgeous animal holding that child's hand. Do with that ,what you will. As sad as this makes me, a part of me is happy for that amazing creature doesn't have to live in captivity another day. Bring on the hate!!!! 👍🏼
Damn homie.. You was just chillin at your crib. R.I.P https://t.co/shTdDzldwh
Oh the poor gorilla,he did nothing wrong,if you watch the video,so sad..as a mother I would've jumped in too.
It seems that some gorillas make better parents than some people.
If your kid purposefully falls into a gorilla cage, you should just tell your kid goodbye. That's called Darwinism.
If you leave your kid in a car you go to jail, if you let your kid fall into a Gorilla Enclosure u should too! #TeamDl
It saddens me to no end that a gorilla had to be put down because of an irresponsible parent. However you look at it, that's just sad.
If I ever let my toddler fall into a gorilla enclosure please leave the gorilla alone and just shoot me.
Taking their eye off the ball, but no child should ever be able to crawl into a gorilla compound. https://t.co/intjxDvUqk
How was the gorilla enclosure not child proof? You're dealing with an endangered species & yet you've made it possible for kids to fall in?
For the record, the parents are absolutely partially at fault, but it shouldn't have been possible, unsupervised or otherwise.
This is why I hate zoos! This is so messed up. This poor gorilla. https://t.co/sdr3KXMyQa
I just don't see how your kid ends up in a gorilla pit. I come from one of those if the kids being too quiet something wrong families.
that Gorilla tt is a rabbit hole i can't stop reading. both tragedy & comedy
PLEASE morning shows, don't put these idiot parents on your programs. The gorilla is dead. NO ONE wants to hear from them. #Harambe
"17 yr old Harambe the Gorilla was shot dead after boy falls into Ohio zoo enclosure" Where were the parents?! https://t.co/q3hS34xccL
Last week a naked man in Chile jumped in a lion den on purpose now this boy with the gorilla...Beautiful innocent animals killed. Smh 💔 🦁🦁🐵
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Hanna told Inside Edition: "You don't have seconds or minutes to make a decision like this. When the animal blows, it is like lightning. I will bet my life on this, that that child would have been – I don't even want to tell you what would have happened.
"The boy had no chance whatsoever. The boy should thank God every single day of his life. This gorilla was not happy."
The woman who shot the video, Kimberley O'Connor, is coming to the defense of the embattled mom, Michelle Gregg, after her 4-year-old climbed into the enclosure.
"They don't know what the mother did, what she didn't do [or] how panicked she was. They don't know what that animal was going to do with that little boy or what he could have done," she told Inside Edition.
She says she posted the video because of the criticism being aimed at the zoo and the mother.
"I only released the video so people could see that the boy was in danger," O'Connor said.
The embattled mom posted a message defending herself: "As a society, we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes of their child. And if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen."