President Donald Trump
on Friday called the terrorist incident in London
as another attack "by a loser terrorist" prompting British Prime Minister Theresa May
to rebuke him by asking not to "speculate".
said that he has been briefed on London
attack and would soon be speaking to the British Prime Minister.
"It's a terrible thing. It keeps going and going, and we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough- perhaps we're not nearly tough enough," Trump
told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.
"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," Trump
said in a series of tweets.
"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," he said in another tweet.
"I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation," May
"As I have said the police and security services are working to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack and to identify all those responsible," she said.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the US
President's comments, which did not correspond with any information released by the UK
authorities, were "unhelpful".
The British Prime Minister, who described the attack involving an improvised explosive device (IED) on a Tube train at Parsons Green station as a "cowardly" act "clearly intended to cause significant harm", was addressing the media after chairing an emergency response COBRA committee meeting at Downing Street.
An improvised explosive device (IED) went off on an underground train
during the morning rush hour at a busy station in London, leaving at least 22 people injured, in what Scotland Yard
called a "terrorist incident".
"The travel ban into the US
should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" Trump
When asked what he meant about the Muslim ban has to be more specific, Trump
said "we have to be smarter".
"We have made more progress in the last nine months against the ISIS than the Obama administration has made in eight years. Must be proactive and nasty!," the US
president said in another tweet.
In a statement, Congressman Robert Pittenger said this vicious terrorist attack
on innocent commuters in London
with an improvised explosive device once again reflects the harsh reality of these barbaric adversaries.
"We must be vigilant and united in our efforts to expunge these diabolical enemies," said Pittenger, who serves as the vice chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism.
"I am sickened by the terrorist attack
and am praying for the victims. Our whole nation stands with our allies in the UK," tweeted Congressman Steve Scalise.
"Praying for those injured in today's terrorist attack
We stand with the UK
& reaffirm our commitment to combating radical terror," said Congressman Dan Donovan.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of London.
We must take a global stand against violence and terrorism," tweeted Congressman Yvette Clarke.