Trump Seizes on London Attack to Push for Expanding a Travel Ban

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

Police in London also alluded to the president's Twitter post.

Following his initial tweet, Trump went on to say that "Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. But it seems to me equally possible that he is speculating, and is referring to Scotland Yard's general concern about radicalized individuals rather than the specific attacker in question", Joshi said. "Must be proactive!" he wrote.

US President Donald Trump has used the latest terrorist attack in London to promote his beleaguered travel ban on residents of six Muslim-majority countries, The Independence reported.

The comment by Trump, who riled Londoners after getting into a row with Sadiq Khan after the London Bridge terror attack, has since been criticised by Theresa May.

Trump also claimed that his administration has accomplished more to defeat ISIS in nine months than Obama's Administration did in eight years.

Passengers on board the train fled as fire engulfed a carriage at Parsons Green underground station in West London, with some suffering burns and other injuries in a stampede to escape. Police advised people to avoid the area in southwest London. In a 2015 campaign speech in South Carolina, Trump called for tech industry help in achieving a targeted internet shutdown. "Pure speculation given we don't know who is involved.Any speculation is unhelpful", a London Met police spokesperson told CNN.

May said it's not helpful when anyone speculates during an ongoing investigation.


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President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Washington.

Later in the White House Rose Garden, Trump expressed exasperation at how terrorism "just keeps going and going", and signaled he wanted harsher penalties for terrorists.

He also pointed out that "Scotland Yard makes an arrest every four days using counter-terrorism intelligence". None of the perpetrators of the major U.S. terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam in the past 15 years have come from the nations on Trump's list of banned countries.

"I never think it is helpful for anyone to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation", May told the BBC, without naming the United States president.

Pressed to explain further, McMaster said that United States and UK agencies are both working to prevent terrorism.

"I think what is important is that we're able to have the powers to look into people, to identify people who may be wanting to cause us harm and are plotting to cause us harm".

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