President Donald Trump could be waiting for more details before condemning the attack outside a London mosque on Monday, Jason Miller, a former communications adviser to the president, said Tuesday.
"It's so soon. It just happened yesterday. It might simply be that the president is waiting to get more information and that might be something we hear from shortly," Miller said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day."
The president has not commented on the Monday attack in London, where one person died after a man drove his van into pedestrians outside a mosque. Several pedestrians were hurt, and the incident is being handled as a terror incident.
"We don't know everything that's going on behind the scenes. We don't know what is coming in from intelligence reports," Miller told CNN.
The former adviser said Trump could be focusing on Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being returned home from imprisonment in North Korea.
"I think the president had his focus clearly on the American who was killed yesterday, and that's where he was keeping most of his attention," Miller said, adding that it's possible that Trump might comment soon.
"I think to go and say that the president hasn't done it yet and therefore he's not going to or that he's ignoring it — I don't think we can make that assumption," Miller said.
Critics have noted Trump has a pattern of not personally condemning violent attacks by non-Muslims.
"If it was about terrorism, you would recognize these incidents regardless of who does it. But this is situational," said Carol Anderson of Emory University, according to The Boston Globe.
David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, made a similar criticism:
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