President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on an attack in London by a “loser terrorist” and used the episode to call for an expansion of his travel ban that has temporarily blocked entry into the United States by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.
“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” the president wrote on Twitter.
Trump’s assessment followed news of an explosion going off in a London subway car during the morning rush hour that injured at least 18 commuters and was labeled a terrorist attack by police.
“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist,” Trump said in a series of early morning tweets.
“These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump added, referring to the police force in London.
It was unclear whether Trump had been brief by his security advisers, who told him something of the identity of the assailants. Neither the Metropolitan Police nor the British government have said anything publicly describing the detonation as a suspected terrorist attack.
In a subsequent tweet, Trump 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!”
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