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15 September 2017

Parsons Green terror attack: Metropolitan Police condemn Donald Trump tweet

The US president is accused of tweeting irresponsibly about the incident on the London Underground.

By Anoosh Chakelian

The Metropolitan Police have called the US president’s tweet about a terror incident on the London Underground “unhelpful” and “pure speculation”.

Responding to a blast at Parsons Green Tube station, south-west London, which is now being treated as a terror incident by the authorities, Donald Trump tweeted:

“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!”

A police spokesperson told CNN that Trump’s tweet was, “pure speculation given we don’t know who is involved. Any speculation is unhelpful.”

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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he hasn’t “had a chance to look at Twitter, let alone tweet”, in response to questions about Trump’s comments.


The two have clashed before over terrorism in the UK, when Trump quoted Khan out of context in a tweet following the London Bridge attacks. “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed’!” he tweeted, when the mayor’s remarks were actually about increased police presence in the capital.

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