Donald Trump Uses London Tube Attack To Promote Travel Ban

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

Trump similarly referred to his travel ban back in June immediately after news reports surfaced about the London Bridge terror attacks. So far there have been no arrests.

More than 20 people were taken to the hospital after an improvised explosive device detonated inside a packed subway auto at the Parsons Green station. Local police have said they are treating it as a terrorist attack.

Meanwhile today, when Trump called the terrorist incident in London as another attack "by a loser terrorist", May rebuked him by asking not to "speculate". He called the attacker that injured 22 people a "loser" and "sick and demented", and called for the Internet to be "cut off" to battle terrorism.

A police spokesperson told CNN that Trump's comments on Scotland Yard were "pure speculation" and "unhelpful", and Trump's shameless appeal for his controversial ban earned him some flack from British leaders on Friday. "Any speculation is unhelpful".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that official terror threat level mains at "severe" in the country.

"It's a bad thing", he said of the London attack. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people.

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Trump's tweetstorm Friday wasn't the first time he'd quickly turned to social media to tout his ban following a possible terrorist attack.

He later said he had an "absolute right" to do so but it prompted criticism that he was careless in exposing intelligence gatherers to increased risk.

Mr Trump has form with London attacks. Instead, he touted his travel ban and said authorities in the United Kingdom knew the identities of the alleged attackers before the strike - an unfounded charge that British leaders denied angrily. Was he criticising Scotland Yard and the British intelligence services for not acting sooner?

Trump on Friday also used the London train attack to renew calls for his controversial travel ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, which is the subject of fierce legal battles in the United States but has partially gone into effect.

"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", he said in response to a question from a reporter.

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