President Donald Trump provoked fury in London and another sharp rebuke by Prime Minister Teresa May on Friday after stating that the “terrorists lost” behind a battered train attack were known to British police.
Trump led to Twitter to condemn an attack on a crowded train in London that injured 22 people, but also seemed to suggest that the British authorities had dropped the ball.
“Another bombing in London by a terrorist,” the US president said.
“They are sick and denied that they were at the sites of Scotland Yard. They must be proactive!” Adds Trump, who appears to reveal undisclosed information from the London Metropolitan Police headquarters.
This online line brought to May public response, which warned the US president. and others do not speculate.
“I never thought it would be useful for anyone to speculate about what an ongoing investigation is,” May told reporters in London.
Trump then tried to soften the flaw, describing May as a “wonderful woman.”
But his comments were described as “useless” by the London Metropolitan Police, as well as by Nick Timothy, the former chief of staff in May.
“It’s true or not – and I’m sure you do not know it – not great from our ally’s leader and intellectual partner,” Timothy wrote on Twitter.
After his tweets, and with apparently energized ties, Trump spoke with May to convey “his sympathies and prayers” to victims of the London attack, the White House said in a statement.
“The President is committed to continuing close collaboration with the United Kingdom to stop the attacks around the world by targeting innocent civilians and fighting extremism.”
Trump’s desire to highlight a series of terrorist attacks in Britain, practically in real time, has provoked repeated cries in the Atlantic that have indefinitely delayed his much-vaunted state visit to the country.
In May, British officials were furious after their US counterparts released material shared in an investigation into a bomb blast at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester that left 22 dead.
The attacker’s identity and details of the probe were revealed to US media before British officials felt ready to reveal them.
Trump’s internal political message threatened to scare dozens of old transatlantic ties a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in London praised the relationship “the special today as it was summer.”
Following an attack in London in June, Trump had tied up the largest Muslim Sadiq Khan in London to tell the public that “there was no reason to be alarmed” by armed police in the streets.
On this occasion, he was forced to challenge the American leader by saying: “I think Donald Trump was wrong about what he said about Sadiq Khan” after the attack on the London Bridge.
In March, the White House left British apoplectic viewers when it quoted the in-depth media reports that President Barack Obama had asked the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency to monitor Trump candidate in order to “” Make sure there were no fingerprints in the United States . ”
The agency usually calls the charges “nonsense”, adding that “they are absolutely ridiculous and should be ignored