It’s not fair, says Trump

U.S. pres­i­dent ex­co­ri­ates fel­low NATO mem­bers for fail­ing to ful­fil the mil­i­tary al­liance’s fi­nan­cial goals.

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Bri­tons faced stepped-up se­cu­rity, au­thor­i­ties pushed for­ward with raids they said were un­cov­er­ing key ev­i­dence and a trans-At­lantic rift opened Thurs­day in the af­ter­math of a deadly concert bomb­ing.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Manch­ester Arena at­tack that killed 22 peo­ple ex­tended across Europe and into Libya, where most of the sus­pected bomber’s fam­ily lived. Au­thor­i­ties in mul­ti­ple coun­tries worked to de­ter­mine if Sal­man Abedi, who died in the blast, acted alone or with as­sis­tance from a so­phis­ti­cated cell.

Af­ter Abedi’s mother and three of his sib­lings were brought in for ques­tion­ing, a Libyan of­fi­cial told of a fi­nal phone call he placed to his mother and brother just be­fore the at­tack. On that call, he pur­port­edly told his mother: “For­give me,” said Ahmed bin Salem, a spokesman for the Spe­cial Deter­rent Force.

“He was giv­ing farewell,” bin Salem added.

The number of ar­rests in the U.K. ticked up to eight as Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said armed of­fi­cers would be­gin pa­trols on some trains be­cause of an in­creased threat of ter­ror­ism.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble Ian Hop­kins said, without elab­o­rat­ing, that searches of sus­pects’ homes brought “very im­por­tant” clues in the probe of Mon­day’s bomb­ing

at the close of an Ari­ana Grande show. But leaks from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion were cre­at­ing a diplo­matic mess.

Manch­ester po­lice have stopped shar­ing in­ves­tiga­tive in­for­ma­tion with the U.S. un­til they are guar­an­teed an end to me­dia leaks, a Bri­tish of­fi­cial told The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, ar­riv­ing at a NATO sum­mit in Brussels, said the coun­tries’ part­ner­ship on de­fence and se­cu­rity

was built on trust, but “part of that trust is know­ing that in­tel­li­gence can be shared con­fi­dently.” May dis­cussed the mat­ter pri­vately with Trump later in the day.

Bri­tish of­fi­cials were par­tic­u­larly angry over photos pub­lished by The New York Times show­ing rem­nants of a blue back­pack which may have held the explosive, a 12-volt bat­tery that ap­par­ently pow­ered the de­vice and a pos­si­ble switch in the left hand of the al­leged bomber that could have ig­nited it.

But it wasn’t clear U.S. of­fi­cials

were the source of the im­ages, which the Times de­fended as “nei­ther graphic nor dis­re­spect­ful of vic­tims” and con­sis­tent with ba­sic re­port­ing “on weapons used in horrific crimes.”

Bri­tish se­cu­rity ser­vices were also up­set that 22-year-old Abedi’s name was ap­par­ently leaked by U.S. of­fi­cials while po­lice in the U.K. con­tin­ued with­hold­ing it and while raids were un­der­way in Manch­ester and in Libya. Hop­kins said the leaks “caused much dis­tress for fam­i­lies that are al­ready suf­fer­ing ter­ri­bly with their loss.”

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U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May at NATO head­quar­ters in Brussels Thurs­day.

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