February 24, 2017 / 7:32 PM / 5 months ago

White House says too early to guess at motive in Kansas shooting

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White House Communications Director Sean Spicer holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 22, 2017.Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House spokesman, addressing the fatal shooting of an Indian engineer and the wounding of two other men in Kansas this week, said on Friday any loss of life is tragic but it would be absurd to link the action to President Donald Trump's rhetoric.

Spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters it was too early to guess at the motive for the incident, in which a man opened fire in a bar, prompting concern that Trump's "America First" stance on immigration and jobs has fuelled a climate of intolerance.

Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by David Alexander

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