WASHINGTON — Minutes after President Obama left a White House podium after giving a speech about the explosions in Boston where he didn’t use the word “terrorism,” a White House official characterized the bombings there as “an act of terror.”
“Any event with multiple explosive devices - as this appears to be - is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror,” the official said. “However, we don’t yet know who carried out this attack, and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic.”
Some on Twitter began criticizing Obama immediately after his speech about the Boston attacks for not using the word “terrorism.”
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