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Trump calls for wall, travel ban after Egypt attack

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Posted at 2:07 PM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 16:07:14-05

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

2 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he will be calling his Egyptian counterpart "in a short while" to discuss Friday's "tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life."

At least 235 people were killed Friday when militants attacked a crowded mosque during prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and spraying worshippers with gunfire.

Trump says in a tweet after departing one of his golf clubs in Florida that, "We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will."

He adds: "Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt."

Trump appears to be referring to his promises to build a border wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico and his efforts to bar people from certain Muslim-majority countries from coming to the U.S.

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11:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump is denouncing what he's calling the "Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers (sic) in Egypt."

Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, settling off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 200 people in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists.

Trump says on Twitter, "The world cannot tolerate terrorism" and that "we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!"

Trump's tweet came as he was playing golf at one of his Florida courses with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.