Obama Condemns ‘Heinous Murder’ of British MP, Calls Widower

Obama speaks on the phone

(AFP) – President Barack Obama condemned Friday the “heinous” murder of Jo Cox, as he offered condolences to the British lawmaker’s widower and praised her “selfless service.”

Obama called Brendan Cox while traveling on the Air Force One presidential plane, a day after the MP was “brutally murdered,” the White House said.

“President Obama offered his sincere condolences on behalf of the American people to Mr Cox and his two young children, as well as to her friends, colleagues and constituents,” the statement added.

“The president noted that the world is a better place because of her selfless service to others, and that there can be no justification for this heinous crime, which robbed a family, a community and a nation of a dedicated wife, mother and public servant.”