Trump Touts 'Tougher' Travel Ban After Explosion on London Train

Trump Touts 'Tougher' Travel Ban After Explosion on London Train

Trump Touts 'Tougher' Travel Ban After Explosion on London Train

'The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific - but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!' Trump tweeted Friday.

In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump called the explosion another attack "by a loser terrorist".

Donald Trump, the former reality television star now best-known as the president of the United States, offered his unsolicited perspective (on Twitter, naturally, his preferred medium), echoing numerous points he has made in the wake of previous attacks-and even as far back as during his presidential campaign almost two years ago: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist".

He did not immediately offer condolences to the British people. The White House summary of the call did not address whether Trump and May discussed the president's tweet about Scotland Yard.

He also pointed out that "Scotland Yard makes an arrest every four days using counter-terrorism intelligence".

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to rebuke President Trump's comments.

They are losers. And we will have more of them.

Trump's tweetstorm Friday wasn't the first time he'd quickly turned to social media to tout his ban following a possible terrorist attack.

On that occasion, May was forced to upbraid the United States leader, saying "I think Donald Trump is wrong in what he said about Sadiq Khan" after the London Bridge attack.

There also was an attack near a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London, and a May suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena which left 22 dead. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people.

Sadiq Khan says the city "utterly condemns the ugly individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life". Officials confirmed it as a terrorist attack, which is the fifth in Britain in 2017.

Trump's rapid reaction on Friday contrasts with a statement he made defending his muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, when he said he wanted to ensure he had the facts and not make a "quick statement".

He says Londoners should remain "calm and vigilant" after a fire on a subway train that police are calling a terrorism incident.

The version of the ban permitted by the Supreme Court is Trump's second pass at the policy, which originally banned residents of seven Muslim-majority countries.

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