Speculation not helpful, British PM May tells Trump after attack tweet

Speculation not helpful, British PM May tells Trump after attack tweet

Trump told reporters after his tweet that he had been briefed on the London incident, and he also said he would be speaking with May, although it was not clear whether his reference to Scotland Yard came up on the call.

Unsurprisingly, British leaders- who have to actually deal with United Kingdom terrorist attacks, rather than just use them to build political capital- aren't too pleased.

Trump mischaracterized remarks Khan had made by suggesting the mayor had said there was "no reason to be alarmed" about the attack itself. "It keeps going and going, and we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough perhaps we're not almost tough enough", Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.

"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist", Trump wrote in a tweet.

In a series of early-morning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said the London subway attack had been the work of "a loser terrorist" and suggested that those behind the assault had been "in the sights" of the British authorities.

According to The New York Times, Trump's tweets only add to the strain that's been buckling the U.S. and UK's special relationship.

Twenty-two people were injured in a bomb blast on a packed London Underground train on Friday, the National Health Service said in a statement.

More than 20 people were injured near Parsons Green subway station, in what police termed "a terrorist incident".


An 18-year-old man was arrested on Saturday in connection with the attack, though police have not identified or charged him.

But according to Bloomberg, the British prime minister expressed her displeasure with Trump's remarks directly to the president himself.

"Must be proactive & nasty!"

This isn't the first time Trump has used terrorist attacks in London to call for his travel ban. "The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he added, without elaborating.

Theresa May didn't like Trump's comments.

The president has repeatedly criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the British capital's first Muslim leader.

As for the travel ban, A.P. notes that remains tangled in the court systems with the Supreme Court scheduled to listen to arguments on October 10.

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