Maslin dad attacks Trump over MH17 deaths
A PERTH father of three children who died when a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine has blasted US President Donald Trump for his stunning refusal to take a hard line with Vladimir Putin.
Anthony Maslin, who lost his three children Mo, Evie and Otis, when flight MH17 was brought down by a Russian missile four years ago this week, took aim at Mr Trump in a searing Facebook post last night.
Mr Trump shocked the world on Monday night when he stood alongside the Russian President in a joint press conference and refused to condemn Russia for its interference in US elections and its aggression in Europe.
Mr Maslin said Mr Trump should have taken Mr Putin to task for his lies over Russia’s involvement in the shooting down of the plane.
He accused Mr Trump of having “no empathy” for his fellow man. “Mr Trump, you invented and speak a lot about ‘fake news’,” Mr Maslin said. “But let’s try talking about something that’s not fake ... let’s call them irrefutable facts.
“That passenger flight MH17 was shot out of the sky and 298 innocent people were murdered is an irrefutable fact. That the plane was hit by a Russian missile has been proven to be an irrefutable fact.
“That this killed our three beautiful children and their grandfather, and destroyed our life and many other lives in the process, is an irrefutable fact. That this happened four years ago today ... is an irrefutable fact.”
The children’s grand-father Nick Norris was also killed in the MH17 disaster, along with 34 other Australians or Australian residents. Mr Maslin and his wife, Rin Norris, have mostly declined to speak about it.
“That the man whose arse you’ve just been kissing did this, and continues to lie about it, is an irrefutable fact,” Mr Maslin said. “So you don’t need to look it up, irrefutable means impossible to deny or disprove.
“It’s not anger that I feel towards the two of you, it’s something much, much worse. It’s pity. You have no empathy for your fellow man, and you clearly have no idea what love is. So you have nothing.”
In a separate Facebook post, Ms Norris spoke of her heartache, describing the “shattering and wrenching” loss of her children.
“Speaking out may help one other person, so how can I remain silent,” Ms Norris wrote.
“Once on an everyday sort of day, in a land far, far away, anger and power had overtaken the hearts of men.
“They had a missile, and they ended the lives of 300.
“Shattering and wrenching apart my life, my family and my soul.
“They were taken in the night time — in the harsh fluorescent light of the night time — somewhere it was night time ... where ... I don’t remember ... It was dark. Condemned to darkness by the bully, I write.”
Australia is among the countries pushing Russia to admit fault and pay reparations to families of victims. Mr Trump has been roundly condemned by world leaders and even members of the Republican party for his meeting with Mr Putin, in which the US President defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 Presidential elections.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop this week used the anniversary of the tragedy to demand answers from Russia.
An international investigation has concluded the Buk missile that downed the jet was fired from a Russian anti-aircraft system.