10,193. 9/15/2017

TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “President Trump on Friday [9-15-17] used an unfolding terrorist attack in London to revive his push for a travel ban for people from predominantly Muslim countries, an effort that has been hampered by United States courts.
In a series of early-morning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump said the London subway attack had been the work of ‘a loser terrorist’ and suggested that those behind the assault had been ‘in the sights’ of the British authorities. The small explosion on a crowded Underground train during morning rush hour in the capital on Friday wounded at least 22 people, and the police in the city said they were treating the episode as terrorism.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack or whether the assailant or assailants had been on the radar of British intelligence, as Mr. Trump suggested. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether the president had received an intelligence briefing on the London attack or why Mr. Trump would suggest that the assailant or assailants had been known to British officials. Mr. Trump did not promptly offer condolences to the British people.”

-Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Seizes on London Attack to Push for Expanding a Travel Ban,” The New York Times online, Sept. 15, 2017

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