Theresa May clashes with US President over Parsons Green bombing claim
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.