Theresa May clashes with US Pres­i­dent over Par­sons Green bomb­ing claim

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THERESA May has re­buked Don­ald Trump over his claim the per­pe­tra­tors of the Par­sons Green Tube bomb­ing had been “in the sights” of Scot­land Yard.

Af­ter chair­ing a meet­ing of the Govern­ment’s Co­bra emer­gen­cies com­mit­tee, the Prime Min­is­ter said it was not “help­ful” to spec­u­late on what was an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

She said the po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices were still work­ing to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack on the packed com­muter train. The com­ment threat­ened to place fresh strain on the US-UK in­tel­li­gence­shar­ing re­la­tion­ship which has come un­der pres­sure a num­ber of times.

In a tweet within hours of the blast, Mr Trump wrote: “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!”

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said the US pres­i­dent’s com­ments – which did not cor­re­spond with any in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the UK au­thor­i­ties – were “un­help­ful” and “pure spec­u­la­tion”.

In Down­ing Street, Mrs May said: “I never think it’s help­ful for any­body to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “The po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices are work­ing to dis­cover the full cir­cum­stances of this cow­ardly at­tack and to iden­tify all those re­spon­si­ble.”

It fol­lows af­ter Bri­tish po­lice tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing with the US in the wake of the Manch­ester Arena bomb­ing in May fol­low­ing a se­ries of leaks to Amer­i­can me­dia.

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