London tube blast: Donald Trump blasts 'loser terrorists' behind attack

Sep 17, 2017, 00:23
London tube blast: Donald Trump blasts 'loser terrorists' behind attack

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Trump's tweets did nothing for the investigation. "Any speculation is unhelpful".

Mrs May is understood to have raised the issue during a "cordial" telephone call.

The White House said Trump and May spoke Friday.

In a trademark tweet issued within hours of the blast, Mr Trump wrote: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist".

After Friday's attack, which injured more than 20 people, Trump tweeted that the "sick and demented" terrorists must be "dealt with in a much tougher manner".

In a flurry of early-morning tweets, Trump called the explosion another attack "by a loser terrorist" and suggested London police missed an opportunity to prevent it. Most of the injuries were flash burns, London's Metropolitan Police said.

"I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation", the prime minister said during a pool interview. "Must be proactive!" Trump added, referring to the police force in London.

Britain's senior counterterrorism officer Mark Rowley told a news conference the explosion was caused by a suspected improvised explosive device (IED).

In a series of tweets, he claimed that the perpetrator of the attack was known to the United Kingdom authorities, called for proactive measures to tackle terrorists, and suggested that an expanded travel ban would fit the bill.

So, as Frankie's mower roared into life, Mr Trump turned and strode to the Oval Office to - he said - place a call to Theresa May. and perhaps try to fix some of that damage. "We are also aware of the attack in Burgundy, and our thoughts are with those wounded in that incident", Sanders said. Photos showing crime scene evidence appeared in US media; the bombing suspect's name was revealed while British officials were still withholding it. Trump said May was "very angry" over the leaks. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether the president had been briefed on the incident.

His comments drew a rare public statement from GCHQ denouncing the allegation as "utterly ridiculous".

Trump also sparked anger after van and knife attacks on London Bridge when he used Twitter to criticize Mayor Sadiq Khan's response just days before the June general election. Noting that law enforcement has been working to combat terrorism for years, McMaster said, "If there was a terrorist attack here, God forbid, that we would say that they were in the sights of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"I'm absolutely not going to go there James, my priority is making sure that we do what we can to keep Londoners safe". I want the facts.