Trump’s tough talk on Lon­don bomb irks Bri­tish leader

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WASHINGTON — Pr esi d en t 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 early-morn­ing tweets about the still-un­fold­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion stood in con­trast to his de­lay last month in firmly con­demn­ing Neo-Nazis and white su­prem­a­cists af­ter racial vi­o­lence broke out in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, 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 i nvest i gat i on.”

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

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser H.R. McMaster sug­gested later that Trump was speak­ing gen­er­ally. Not­ing that law en­force­ment has been work­ing to com­bat ter­ror­ism for years, McMaster said, “If there was a ter­ror­ist at­tack here, God for­bid, that we would say that they were in the sights of the FBI.”

“I think he means gen­er­ally that this kind of ac­tiv­ity is what we are try­ing to pre­vent,” McMaster said.

The White House said Trump and May spoke Fri­day. White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said Trump’s tweet “may have come up” but gave no fur­ther de­tail.

At an event at Joint Base An­drews in Mary­land, Trump said he of­fered prayers for Lon­don and said “rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism it will be erad­i­cated, be­lieve me.”

As a can­di­date, Trump rou­tinely railed against Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Demo­cratic cam­paign ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton for fail­ing to use the phrase “rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism.” He has used the phrase more spar­ingly since tak­ing of­fice, avoid­ing it dur­ing his re­marks on the an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11 at­tacks.

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!”

And Trump pro­moted his han­dling of ex­trem­ist mil­i­tants, say­ing the gov­ern­ment should cut off in­ter­net ac­cess for such groups.

“Loser ter­ror­ists must be dealt with in a much tougher man­ner. The in­ter­net is their main re­cruit­ment tool which we must cut off & use bet-

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