May criticises Trump tweets
Theresa May has rebuked President Donald Trump for suggesting the people responsible for the tube train explosion were known to the Metropolitan police, despite no such information having been released publicly by the force.
Trump tweeted: “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! ... Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better! The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific – but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”
Asked about Trump’s potential breach of convention on intelligence sharing, the PM said: “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”
When the president tweeted, no suspect had been identified and no group or individual had claimed responsibility.
The Met said the comments were unhelpful and “pure speculation”.
There was no immediate response from the White House to questions about the basis of Trump’s assertion.
Downing Street said Trump later offered May his condolences over the attack during a telephone call.
In the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing in May, British police temporarily suspended intelligence sharing with the US after a series of leaks to the US media.