NSA Advisor Speaks Out On Friday’s Naval Attack and North Korea

The Florida Naval Base shooting that killed three sailors and wounded two sheriff deputies on Friday is being considered a terrorist attack.

According to National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, the gunman was a Saudi Air Force member and was an aviation student on the base. Speaking on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” O’Brien said he’s not trying to prejudge the investigation, but in his mind, this was a person who had been radicalized – be it here or through other means.

The FBI said it’s unknown if Mohammed Sareed Alshamrani, 21, acted alone in his attack, which took place in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. He was killed after gunfire was exchanged between him and the sheriff’s deputies.

So far, President Donald Trump and top law enforcement officials have yet to call the shooting terrorism-related. However, a U.S. official said Alshamarani and three other people were at a dinner party the shooter hosted and watched mass shooting videos.

O’Brien said public reports suggest terrorism or something similar to it. He said the Saudi government is working fully with the investigation. He said this is a man who may have posted things on Twitter, suggesting the attacker was radicalized. O’Brien said he then went out to kill Americans, which he feels is terrorism.

Alshamrani, who was a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was attending the Naval Aviation Schools Command as a student naval flight officer.

The Navy identified the sailors that had been killed in the attack:

  • Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23
  • Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19
  • Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21

O’Brien also touched on the North Korea nuclear test that took place at one of its rocket launch sites, noting as important. He said it would be a mistake for North Korea to restart its nuclear testing.

O’Brien said Kim Jong Un promised he was denuclearizing North Korea, and the administration hopes he’ll abide by that promise and the one he made at the Singapore summit. His comments come after North Korea’s ambassador told the UN that denuclearization was no longer on the table.

He said the U.S. is continuing its negotiations with North Korea and hopes to have a peaceful resolution.

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