Trump is re­buked over claim that at­tacker had been in po­lice sights

Yorkshire Post - - LONDON TERROR ATTACK -

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 train.

The Pres­i­dent’s in­ter­ven­tion threat­ened to place fresh strain on the US-UK in­tel­li­gence-shar­ing re­la­tion­ship which has come un­der pres­sure a num­ber of times since he en­tered the White House.

In a trade­mark tweet is­sued within hours of the blast, Mr Trump, in­set, 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.” Asked later whether he had been briefed on any in­tel­li­gence about the at­tack, Mr Trump ap­peared to side­step the is­sue say­ing he had been briefed “on nu­mer­ous things” in­clud­ing North Korea. “It’s a ter­ri­ble thing. It just keeps go­ing and go­ing, and we have to be very smart, we have to be very, very tough. Per­haps we are not nearly tough enough,” he said. “It’s just an ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble thing. In fact, I’m go­ing to call the Prime Min­is­ter right now. We have to be tougher and we have to be smarter.”

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