US President Donald Trump condemned the twin terror attacks that took place in London late on Saturday and also offered help to Britain in whichever way possible. However, he also seemed to use the terror attacks to promote his travel ban on Muslims as an "extra level of safety" for Americans.
At least six people were killed and three suspects were shot dead in two terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market late on Saturday. The suspects, who were wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by police within eight minutes of the first attack.
In one of the incidents, a van speeding across the London Bridge suddenly veered off the road and hit several pedestrians on the pavement. In another incident, stabbings were reported at a restaurant in Borough Market, located not too far from London Bridge.
Police declared both the attacks as "terrorist incidents" and believe that all of those directly responsible for the attack have been killed. A third incident was also reported in the Vauxhall area just before 1 am on Sunday. However, the Metropolitan Police Service in London said that the incident in the residential area was a "stabbing" incident and was not connected to the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market.
"We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety! Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" President Trump said in a series of tweets.
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
The US administration had put in an emergency request to the Supreme Court to reinstate the executive order that would forbid people from six Muslim-dominated countries to enter the US. The executive order is presently blocked by the lower courts.
The White House also released details of the telephone conservation that took place between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May in wake of the attacks in London.
"President Donald J Trump spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom today. The president offered his condolences for the brutal terror attacks on June 3 in central London. He praised the heroic response of police and other first responders and offered the full support of the United States government in investigating and bringing those responsible for these heinous acts to justice," the statement read.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer had earlier tweeted saying that the US president's national security team had briefed him about the attacks at the London Bridge and Borough Market. He added that security officials would continue to keep Trump updated on the developments in London.
"Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims, courageous first responders & all the people of London. As President Trump said: WE ARE WITH YOU," US Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet.
The US State Department also said that it was keeping a close watch on the situation in London and that American citizens in Britain were advised to follow the instructions of the local authorities and maintain their security awareness.
The US Embassy in London also released an emergency message for American citizens in London on Twitter.
— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) June 4, 2017
However, it seems Trump's promotion of the travel ban on Muslims did not go down well with Twitterati who lashed out at him on the social networking website. Here are a few reactions:
Wonder how much his parents paid kids to show up to his birthday parties. He's still looking for validation and doing it all wrong. — Lucifina (@LuciferLuli) June 3, 2017
I you want to make America safe from terror, why did you go & dance with the funders of terrorism in Saudi???
You're putting Saudi first.
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) June 3, 2017
Speaking on behalf of the majority of Americans who did not vote for you, go to hell.
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) June 4, 2017
Nice to see your selfish narcissistic power mad lunacy once again outstrip even a quantum of actual humanity. You'll be a pleasure to jail. — John McNamara (@johnthemcnamara) June 4, 2017