Toronto Star

Donald Trump’s tweet on London attack ‘extremely unhelpful,’ U.K. officials say


WASHINGTON— U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday suggested British intelligen­ce officials were aware of the assailant or assailants behind an unfolding terrorist attack on the London subway, an assertion that British officials called unhelpful speculatio­n.

Prime Minister Theresa May alluded to Trump’s Twitter post in an interview with reporters, saying “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigat­ion.”

Trump had written: “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!”

Later Friday, Trump said he had been briefed on the London terrorist attack and he later spoke with May by phone.

The small explosion on a crowded Undergroun­d train during morning rush hour in the capital on Friday wounded at least 29 people and authoritie­s said they were treating the incident as terrorism. It was not immediatel­y clear who was behind the attack or whether the assailant or assailants had been on the radar of British intelligen­ce. Police in London also alluded to the president’s tweet. “This is a live investigat­ion and we will provide further updates as it progresses,” the Metropolit­an Police said in a statement. “Any speculatio­n is extremely unhelpful at this time.”

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