Washington, April 21: United States President Donald Trump on Sunday took to Twitter and strongly condemned the serial blasts at different locations in Sri Lanka. However, the US President made a blunder while writing the death toll of the attack, which he mentioned in his tweet as '138 million'. "Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!", Trump tweeted. Serial Blasts In Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, Churches And Hotels Hit; Nearly 190 Dead.
The tweet was later deleted after Trump was called out on social media by Twitterati for the major blunder. The US President put up a new tweet which stated, "138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!".
Here's the Deleted Tweet:
Here's the new tweet:
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2019
According to latest United Nations estimates, the population of the island nation is estimated to be more than 21 million (21,005,382). The population of the nation is equivalent to 0.27% of the total world population. Reports inform that Christians form around 7 per cent of the Sri Lankan population, with the Buddhists accounting for around 70 per cent, followed by Hindus and Muslims.
The mayhem took place when Christians in Sri Lanka had been celebrating the Easter Sunday in different churches across the island nation. The festival of Easter is an important occasion which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the culmination of week-long festivities.
India, Germany, UK and the international community express shock over a series of bombings that has left more than 190 people dead. India has strongly condemned the serial blasts with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that New Delhi stood in solidarity with the island nation.