Watch: New England Patriots' moment of silence for Ezra Schwartz
Below is an excerpt from the State Department briefing of November 23rd regarding Ezra Schwartz.
...it has come to the notice of some people that both the – when the President and the Vice President spoke about American victims of terrorism last week, they mentioned the Americans who died in Mali and in Paris, but didn’t mention the American who died in the West Bank. And I’m not asking you to – the White House is the place to ask about why that happened or why they said what they said, but I’m just wondering, in the Administration, more broadly, does it regard these acts – all of these acts as terrorism? And if so, does it have – do you have a different – are there different kind – does the Administration believe there are different kinds of terrorism?
MR TONER: No, I don’t think so. You’re speaking about the death of Ezra Schwartz, and John spoke about it from the podium on Friday. And I know the – Secretary Kerry did reach out to his family personally today. Look, I mean --
QUESTION: So you believe that – so the Administration believes that the attacks that killed --
MR TONER: I don’t want to – also want to parse out the --
QUESTION: -- all three of these people are the same? There’s no difference between one terrorist attack and another attack?
MR TONER: Again, I don’t want to necessarily parse out the word – the definition of terrorism, but we – yes, I think we would view them as terrorist attacks.
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