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Theresa May reacts to Donald Trump's 'unhelpful' London bombing tweet

17 September 2017

Meanwhile today, when Trump called the terrorist incident in London as another attack "by a loser terrorist", May rebuked him by asking not to "speculate".

"We are chasing down suspects", said Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley.

Soon after 22 people were injured in the attack on a busy underground train in west London, Trump tweeted: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist".

"I've simply been too busy this morning to look at Twitter", Khan said when asked about Trump's tweets in an interview aired on a British radio station.

Trump was tweeting after a homemade bomb exploded on a packed London subway train during rush hour on Friday.

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.

Nobody suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident, the fifth terrorist attack Britain has suffered in less than six months.

His tweets tend to be aimed at his base, bolstering his image as tough on immigration and terrorism and with little thought to the wider world.

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So, as Frankie's mower roared into life, Mr Trump turned and strode to the Oval Office to - he said - place a call to Theresa May. and perhaps try to fix some of that damage.

The latest version of his travel ban, initially announced in a botched late-January rollout, calls for a ban on people entering the USA from a short list of terror-prone countries that are also Muslim-majority nations.

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.

And we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough, which perhaps we're not almost tough enough.

"I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation", she said, speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting.

The Supreme Court granted Tuesday a Trump administration request to continue to bar most refugees under its travel ban.

Police and health officials said 29 people were treated in London hospitals, a lot of them for flash burns. The administration has yet to say whether it will seek to renew the bans, make them permanent or expand the travel ban to other countries.

President Donald Trump is defending his travel ban.

Theresa May reacts to Donald Trump's 'unhelpful' London bombing tweet