AP's Matt Lee Grills State Dept's Psaki: Does Obama Really Think French Deli Attack Was "Random?"


MATT LEE, ASSOCIATED PRESS: Yesterday, the president in his news conference raised some eyebrows by saying victims of the shooting in Paris at a kosher deli were "random." The White House apparently said something similar today. Does the administration really believe these people were not singled out because they were of a particular faith.

JEN PSAKI, U.S. STATE DEPT: Well, if I remember the victims, specifically, they were not all victims of one background or nationality, so I think what they mean by that is don't know if they spoke to the targeting of the grocery store but the individuals who were impacted.

MATT LEE: Well, I mean, right, but when the Secretary went and paid respects, he was with a member of the Jewish community there.

JEN PSAKI: Naturally, given that that is the nature of of the grocery store--

MATT LEE: Don't you think the target may be even if all the victims came from different backgrounds, the store itself was the target, was it not?

JEN PSAKI: That is different that the individuals-- I don't have anything more to really--

MATT LEE: Does the administration believe that this was an anti-Jewish attack? An attack on a Jewish community in Paris?

JEN PSAKI: I don't think we're going to speak on behalf of French authorities and what they believe was the situation there.

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