May hits back over Trump tweet

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - From Caro­line Gra­ham

THE diplo­matic row be­tween Bri­tain and the US over the Par­sons Green ter­ror at­tack es­ca­lated last night af­ter Theresa May chas­tised Don­ald Trump in a TV in­ter­view.

Ap­pear­ing on ABC’s This Week pro­gramme, which is due to be screened to­day, Mrs May hit back at a tweet by the Pres­i­dent af­ter Friday’s in­ci­dent which read: ‘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!’

In the in­ter­view, a clearly irked Mrs May told host Ge­orge Stephanopo­los: ‘I don’t think it’s help­ful for any­one to spec­u­late on what is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices are do­ing the work nec­es­sary to dis­cover the full cir­cum­stances of this cow­ardly at­tack… and to iden­tify all who are re­spon­si­ble.’

She de­clined to dis­cuss whether Trump had of­fered any kind of apol­ogy in a phone call he made on Friday af­ter the tweet. But Mr Trump’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser H.R.Mc­Mas­ter has re­port­edly been tasked with clean­ing up what of­fi­cials are pri­vately call­ing his ‘lat­est mess’.

Late on Friday Mc­Mas­ter claimed the Pres­i­dent was ‘speak­ing gen­er­ally’ about Scot­land Yard and not im­ply­ing po­lice had dropped the ball: ‘For years Scot­land Yard has been a leader, as our FBI has been a leader, so… I think he didn’t mean any­thing be­yond that.’

Af­ter the Manch­ester at­tack, UK in­tel­li­gence, in­clud­ing the name of the at­tacker and pic­tures of the ex­plo­sive de­vice, were leaked to the US me­dia by US govern­ment sources, caus­ing Bri­tain to tem­po­rar­ily cease in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing.

Mrs May said she would make clear to Mr Trump that ‘in­tel­li­gence that is shared be­tween our law en­force­ment agen­cies must re­main se­cure’.

For­mer Ukip leader Nigel Farage yes­ter­day de­fended Mr Trump’s ac­tions. ‘My sus­pi­cion is that Trump will be proved to be right,’ the close ally of the Pres­i­dent told Fox News.

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