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May censures Trump for tweets on London terror attack

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
British Prime Minister Theresa May (left) and US President Donald Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rebuked US President Donald Trump over claims that those behind the latest bomb attack on a London subway train were known to police.

The condemnation came on Friday, shortly after Trump posted several tweets about both the terror attack on London’s Parsons Green subway station that left at least 29 people injured and the ongoing efforts to thwart terrorism.

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

“The police and security services are working to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack and to identify all those responsible," she added. 

Members of the emergency services work outside Parsons Green underground tube station in west London on September 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Trump’s tweets implied that the British police could have done more to prevent the attack and that UK authorities had been monitoring those responsible for setting off explosives in the tube station.

"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!" he wrote in his first tweet.

Minutes later, the US president followed with two more tweets, commenting on the fight against terrorism and his administration's efforts to do so.

"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!" he noted. "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"

Nick Timothy, a former senior aide to the British premier, dismissed Trump’s tweets, saying it was “so unhelpful from [the] leader of our ally and intelligence partner.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson also denounced the tweets as “speculation,” saying that, “We don’t even know who the suspects are.”

This is not the first time Trump’s controversial and interventionist comments spark an angry reaction. The US president has in the past been accused of reacting to suspected terrorist incidents before the facts are fully known.

Meanwhile, the US president on Friday claimed his administration had "made more progress in the last nine months" against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group than his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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