May crit­i­cises Trump tweets

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Martin Pen­gelly and Rowena Ma­son

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.

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