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After getting rebuke from Theresa May, Trump expresses solidarity with London

News Agencies | Updated on: 16 September 2017, 11:44 IST
US President Donald Trump (ANI)

After getting rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May, United States President Donald Trump on 15 September expressed solidarity with Britain over the terror attack in south-west London in the morning.

Trump took to Twitter to control the damage that his earlier tweet had caused.

"I want to say that our hearts and prayers go out to the people of London, who suffered a vicious terror attack. I spoke with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, this morning and relayed America's deepest sympathy as well as our absolute commitment to eradicating the terrorists from our planet. America and our allies will never be intimidated," Trump tweeted.

Earlier, Trump invited ire of Theresa May for his comments about the terror attack in south-west London in the morning.
Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the explosion in which 29 people were hurt after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted on a Tube train at the Parsons Green Station.

Soon after the attack, Trump pointed fingers at British police and advised them to be 'proactive'.

"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!" Trump tweeted.

In another tweet, he said, "Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner.The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better! (sic)."
Theresa May didn't like Trump's comments. Therefore, during the pool interview when she was asked whether Trump knew something the British public did not, she said, "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation."

Not only May but her former chief of staff, Nick Timothy, also censured Trump.

He termed Trump's comments unhelpful from Britain's intelligence partner.

"True or not - and I'm sure he doesn't know - this is so unhelpful from leader of our ally and intelligence partner," Timothy tweeted.

Following the attack, Britain has raised threat level from severe to critical.
"The joint terrorism and analysis centre, the independent organisation responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of available intelligence has now decided to raise it from severe to critical," May announced.

The IS has claimed responsibility for Friday's Tube train attack.

Quoting security analysts SITE, The Independent reported that a "detachment" from the extremist group was responsible.

"According to a translation by Middle East observer Hassan Hassan, the message on the group's propganda page said: 'A security source to Amaq: the bombing of the IED in the London tube was carried out by a unit affiliated to the Islamic State'," said The Independent report.

British Police and security officials have been investigating to identify the culprits who planted IED in the Tube train. 


First published: 16 September 2017, 11:44 IST