Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement Following Announcement the NAS Pensacola Shooter was Linked to al Qaeda

May 18, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, US Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement after the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the NAS Pensacola shooter was linked to al Qaeda:

“The 2019 NAS Pensacola terrorist attack was an assault on our military, our nation, and freedom itself. Today, it was revealed the coward who carried out this senseless act of violence was fueled by radical ideology and enabled by al Qaeda as far back as 2015. I am grateful for the FBI’s diligence in seeking to gain access to the terrorist’s mobile devices and secure the invaluable evidence held within. I’m also grateful to President Trump for delivering a swift and devastating blow to al Qaeda’s leadership days after the attack by eliminating Qasim al-Rimi, who claimed responsibility for the attack. While our hearts were broken by the loss of three American patriots, our resolve to defeat terrorism was not shaken. Our law enforcement and military remain vigilant in the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, and we will continue to meet any attack against our nation with overwhelming retribution,” said Congressman Matt Gaetz