President Donald Trump sparked fury in
London and yet another pointed rebuke from
Prime Minster Theresa May Friday after he
claimed “loser terrorists” behind a botched
London train attack were known to British
Trump took to Twitter to condemn an attack
on a packed London Underground train that
injured 22 people, but also appeared to suggest
the UK authorities had dropped the ball.
“Another attack in London by a loser
terrorist,” the US president tweeted. “These
are sick and demented people who were in the
sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!”
Trump said, appearing to reveal undisclosed
intelligence from the headquarters of London’s
Metropolitan police force.
That electronic broadside brought a terse
public response from May, who warned the US
president and others not to speculate.
Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a
much tougher manner.The internet is their
main recruitment tool which we must cut off
& use better!
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Donald J. Trump
“I never think it’s helpful for anybody to
speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,”
May told journalists in London.
Trump’s latest comments were similarly
described as “unhelpful” by London’s
Nick Timothy, May’s former chief of staff, also
branded the US leader’s tweet “unhelpful.”
“True or not — and I’m sure he doesn’t know
— this is so unhelpful from leader of our ally
and intelligence partner,” Timothy wrote on
Trump’s keenness to underline a series of UK
terror attacks, virtually in real time, has led to
repeated outcry across the Atlantic that has
helped indefinitely delay his much-vaunted
state visit to Britain.
In May, British officials were furious after their
US counterparts leaked shared material about
an investigation into a bomb attack at a concert
by pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester which
left 22 dead.
The bomber’s identity and details of the probe
leaked to US media before British officials felt
ready to disclose them.