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