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US President Donald Trump today commented for the first time on the shooting in Kansas City that claimed the life of techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, saying America is united in condemning hate and evil.

Trump said, “Recent threats targeting community Jewish centres, and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas city, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.”

Trump’s remarks, which were made in response to the Kansas shooting, came on a day when White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander said the US President had the family of the victim in his thoughts.

“The President is keeping the family of the victim, who was senselessly, killed in his thoughts, and we’re praying for the full and speedy recovery of those who were wounded. As more facts come to light, and it begins to look like this was an act of racially-motivated hatred, we want to reiterate that the President condemns these and any other racially or religiously-motivated attacks in the strongest terms.  They have no place in our country, and we will continue to make that clear,” Sander said.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday called early reports coming out of Kansas “disturbing.” Spicer had on Friday it was absurd to link the killing to Trump’s “America First” stance.

Meanwhile, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in a press release that it is probing the fatal shooting by a former American navy veteran as a hate crime.