Donald Trump Offers Condolences to Indonesia After Devastating Tsunami

Amid Palu's levelled trees, overturned cars, concertinaed homes and flotsam tossed up to 50 metres inland, residents and rescuers struggled to come to grips with the scale of the disaster
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President Donald Trump reacted on Monday to the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia and killed more than 1,000 people.

“They get hit very hard,” Trump said, speaking at the White House. “Thousands of people killed.”

The president cited a friend who told him it was one of the worst natural disasters in modern history:

“We have sent a lot of first responders and military and others to help,” he said. “It’s a bad, bad situation.”

Currently, more than 1,200 people have died from the tsunami, which was triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.

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