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Here's What Obama Was Doing During Attacks

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When a terrorist attack occurred in Berlin, Germany, and a Russian ambassador was shot dead in Turkey, President Obama was playing golf on a course in Hawaii while on vacation.

After news of the events in Europe, the White House released a statement saying that President Obama was being updated on the situations by his national security team while he was vacationing on the islands. 

Mediaite reported that the administration confirmed Obama's intention to play golf following the attacks.

"The President and his motorcade departed the Kailua neighborhood where the First Family rents a vacation home at 10:21 a.m.," an email obtained by the site read.

"Spectators on the street threw shakas and recorded photos or video on cell phones as the motorcade made the 10-minute drive to Mid-Pacific Country Club, where the President will be golfing under cloudy skies."

Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot dead by a gunman who cited the crisis in Aleppo as the reason behind it. 

"We die in Aleppo, you die here!" 22-year-old Mevlüt Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, shouted after killing the ambassador.

The situation in Germany involved who authorities believe to be an Afghan refugee that drove an 18-wheeler into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin. The German government later stated they believed it was a terrorist attack.

"We have been in touch with German officials, and we stand ready to provide assistance as they recover from and investigate this horrific incident," the White House said in a statement. 

"Germany is one of our closest partners and strongest allies, and we stand together with Berlin in the fight against all those who target our way of life and threaten our societies."

Sources: Daily Mail, Mediaite / Photo credit: White House/Flickr

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