Trump’s tough talk irks Bri­tish leader

Waterloo Region Record - - WORLD - Cather­ine Lucey

WASHINGTON — U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sug­ges­tion that Lon­don po­lice could have done more to pre­vent Fri­day’s home­made bomb ex­plo­sion drew a quick re­join­der from Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, who said it’s never help­ful “to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Trump turned the Lon­don sub­way bomb ex­plo­sion into an op­por­tu­nity to high­light his tough talk on ter­ror and pro­mote his travel ban.

The pres­i­dent’s se­ries of ear­ly­morn­ing tweets about the stil­lun­fold­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion stood in con­trast to his de­lay last month in firmly con­demn­ing Neo-Nazis and white su­prem­a­cists af­ter racial vi­o­lence broke out in Char­lottesville, Va., and left one per­son dead.

At the time, he said: “When I make a state­ment, I like to be cor­rect. I want the facts … I don’t want to rush into a state­ment.”

The Lon­don bomb ex­ploded on a packed train dur­ing morn­ing rush hour Fri­day, leav­ing at least 29 peo­ple in­jured but no one with life-threat­en­ing in­juries. Po­lice said the ex­plo­sion was a ter­ror­ist at­tack, the fifth in Bri­tain this year.

On Twit­ter, Trump called the ex­plo­sion an­other at­tack “by a loser ter­ror­ist.”

He also of­fered im­plied crit­i­cism of law en­force­ment, say­ing “these are sick and de­mented peo­ple who were in the sights of Scot­land Yard. Must be proac­tive!”

Asked about Trump’s com­ments, May said: “I never think it’s help­ful for any­body to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Trump told re­porters Fri­day morn­ing that he had been briefed on the ex­plo­sion, but did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails.

Trump also used the mo­ment to ar­gue on Twit­ter that his travel ban tar­get­ing six mostly Mus­lim na­tions should be “far larger, tougher and more spe­cific — but stupidly, that would not be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect!”

MATT DUNHAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May called Don­ald Trump’s re­marks pre­ma­ture.

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