Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump Again Seizes on Terror Incident to Call for Travel Ban

Trump Again Seizes on Terror Incident to Call for Travel Ban

President Donald Trump on Friday suggested British intelligence officials were aware of the assailant or assailants behind an unfolding terrorist attack on the London subway, an assertion that British officials called unhelpful speculation.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!

The version of the ban permitted by the Supreme Court is Trump's second pass at the policy, which originally banned residents of seven Muslim-majority countries.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's tweet "may have come up" but gave no further detail.

A police spokesperson told CNN Trump's comment is "pure speculation given we don't know who is involved". Neither the Metropolitan Police nor the British government have said anything publicly behind describing the detonation as a suspected terrorist attack. And we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough, which perhaps were not almost tough enough.

The rush hour blast, which took place on the Underground's District Line at 8.20am, left 29 people injured.

"The internet is [terrorists'] main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he tweeted.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that his city will not be defeated by terrorists.

May, when asked directly about Trump's tweets, responded in a broadcast interview: "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate about what is an ongoing investigation".

In a phone call with Mrs May on Friday, Mr Trump "pledged to continue close collaboration with the United Kingdom to stop attacks worldwide targeting innocent civilians and to combat extremism", the White House said.

He added: 'Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.

This isn't the first time British officials have criticized Trump's comments during a terror attack.

Trump concluded, "Must be proactive & nasty!"

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the travel ban is legal on October 10.

The travel ban bars certain people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

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