Citing London terrorist attack, Trump calls for expansion of his travel ban

Jerome Frank
September 16, 2017

Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday that the travel ban should be "far larger, tougher and more specific".

She dismissed the speculative tweet from Trump that claimed Scotland Yard had the so-called "bucket bomber" in terror attack on a London Underground train in their "sights".

A reported explosion at a train station sent commuters stampeding in panic, injuring several people at the height of London's morning rush hour, and police said they were investigating it as a terrorist attack. "Must be proactive!" Trump added, referring to the police force in London.

Trump's tweet seemed to envision such a "larger, tougher" ban, though he also said the measure needed to be "more specific" - which might indicate the White House is not inclined to bar people merely due to their nationality.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump said: "Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner".

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster attempted to explain the President's morning assertion that culprits behind the explosion were known to British law enforcement, but offered little clarity. Was he criticising Scotland Yard and the British intelligence services for not acting sooner?

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"I never think it is helpful for anyone to speculate in what is an ongoing investigation", British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters in London when asked about the president's comments.

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

During the telephone call, Trump conveyed his sympathies and prayers for those injured in the attack, the White House said in a statement.

"The police and security services are working to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack and to identify all those responsible", she said.

Friday's incident was the fifth significant attack to occur in Britain this year. Unlike the previous four attacks, there were no deaths as the result of the bombing; 19 people were transported from the site to three different hospitals, while an additional four individuals volunteered to go to the hospital, but none were described to have life-threatening injuries. The arguments will focus on the legality of the ban on travelers from six Muslim majority countries and any refugees.

"We're losing a lot of people because of the internet", he said. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!" he tweeted.

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