The White House has responded after facing criticism over its silence regarding an explosion that rocked a Minnesota mosque over the weekend, saying it will provide further comment following "some kind of finalized investigation."
Sebastian Gorka, President Donald Trump's deputy assistant, defended the White House's response to the incident on MSNBC saying the administration is currently in "wait and see" mode.
Gorka said the White House needed to make sure the attack was not a hoax before commenting, adding, "Let's allow the local authorities to provide their assessment and then the White House will make its comments."
Bombing at Minnesota mosque
Bombing at Minnesota mosque
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However, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, recently emphasized the seriousness of the incident calling it a "criminal act of terrorism."
Many on social media have also expressed their concern, like Michael Skolnik who said, "Dear @realDonaldTrump, There was an act of domestic terrorism at the Dar Al Farooq mosque. Your silence is deafening. Sincerely, America."
Another user on Twitter added, "Let's say someone yelled Allahu Akbar while throwing an IED bomb into a populated church in Minnesota. How would President Trump respond?"
The FBI is currently still investigating to explosion.