Saturday, 27 November 2021

Theresa May scolds Trump for terror tweets on London attack

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has rebuked US President Donald Trump for claiming suspects in Friday’s London train blast were known to police.

“I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” she said.

Trump described the attackers in a tweet as “loser terrorists” and “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”.

The bomb rocked a London Underground train on Friday, injuring 22 people.

At the White House on Friday, Mr Trump described the train attack as “a terrible thing”, adding that he planned to call Mrs May “right now”.

In tweets earlier in the morning, Mr Trump appeared to chide UK authorities: “Must be proactive!”

London police said of the US president’s remarks that “any speculation is unhelpful”.

The president’s remarks sparked anger on Twitter, where Nick Timothy, a former senior aide to British Prime Minister Theresa May, echoed London police’s comments.

“True or not – and I’m sure he doesn’t know – this is so unhelpful from leader of our ally and intelligence partner,” he said.

Former Conservative lawmaker Ben Howlett also weighed in, calling Mr Trump’s tweets “dangerous and inappropriate”.

In a series of tweets on Friday, the Republican president claimed his administration had “made more progress in the last nine months” against the so-called Islamic State than his predecessor.

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