British Prime Minister Theresa May rebuked President Trump’s Twitter rant during a London terror attack that sent more than 20 people to the hospital Friday morning.
Just hours after the attack, Trump tweeted the subway bombing was done by “another loser terrorist.”
He also suggested potential attackers were “in the sights of Scotland Yard.”
May said those comments were irresponsible as police still comb for clues.
May said it’s not helpful when anyone speculates during an ongoing investigation.
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“I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” the prime minister said during a pool interview.
Trump also took the opportunity to push his proposed travel ban against several Muslim-majority nations, which has been tied up in court.
“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” Trump wrote in one of his four tweets about the terror attack.
And, he said, his administration was doing more to combat ISIS than the Obama White House.
Terror attack on the London tube
More than 20 people were taken to the hospital after an improvised explosive device detonated inside a packed subway car at the Parsons Green station.
The Metropolitan Police Service is currently looking for suspects in what it considers a terror attack.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said Trump’s tweets did nothing for the investigation.
“The comments are unhelpful and pure speculation,” the spokesman told British media.
Trump referred to the potential attacker as “another loser terrorist.”
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Trump, speaking at the White House later Friday morning, called the attack a “terrible thing.” He planned to call May “right now.”
“It just keeps going and going, and we have to be very smart, we have to be very, very tough,” the President said. “Perhaps we are not nearly tough enough.”
This isn’t the first time British officials have criticized Trump’s comments during a terror attack.
Trump lambasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan in June, when the local official tried to call for calm after a van plowed into a crowd of people.
More than 20 people were hospitalized after the explosion.
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Khan, along with several other British leaders, called on May to cancel any official visits by Trump to the United Kingdom.