Trump offers help on London attacks, touts need for travel ban
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 22:57
A van mowed down pedestrians as it sped down London Bridge in the British capital Saturday night, leaving bodies lying in the roadway, a witness to the incident told CNN.
"Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days".
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also opposed the notion of delaying the vote, saying it was something that terrorists wanted.
On Sunday morning, Trump again took to Twitter with a series of messages that took aim at political correctness, the call in the United States for tougher gun laws and Khan, the London mayor. "If we don't get smart it will only get worse", Trump, 70, tweeted.
No details have been released about the suspects, who were shot dead within minutes by police, and detectives are still investigating whether they acted alone. The president tweeted in part, "We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!" "That's because they used knives and a truck!"
The Canadian government is advising citizens to be vigilant in the wake of the attack.
A police officer looks at debris on the road near Southwark Bridge on June 4 in London, England.
Trump tweeted Saturday evening.
Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of the London attacks during a traditional Sunday blessing following Mass at the Vatican. "For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain's side". "I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed", Trudeau said in a statement.
"My thoughts are with victims and their loved ones".
British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther visited the officer in the hospital and said the wounded officer was in stable condition, adding "for an officer who only joined us less than two years ago, the bravery he showed was outstanding and makes me extremely proud".
After taking criticism online for trying to use the attack to advance a policy goal that is now under review in the courts, he sent a follow-up tweet minutes later: "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U". K., we will be there - WE ARE WITH YOU.
"The United States stands ready to provide any assistance authorities in the United Kingdom may request", it said. We wish a full and quick recovery to those injured in the attacks. A witness said she saw a white van veer into people. "Thank you to the emergency services". Holly Jones, a BBC reporter who was on the bridge at the time of the attack, said it appeared the vehicle was driving "about 50 miles per hour" before striking the pedestrians. It is the third terrorist attack to take place in the country, following last month's bombing on the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester and the attack on Westminster in March.
"Our strength is the strength of our community to unity, that was shown in Manchester after the awful event there and I am sure that it will be exactly the same in London".
The emergency services have been praised by bystanders and politicians for their rapid response to the situation. I went 'Oi, oi cowards!' - something like that to them. They hate our democracy and our freedom. "We will never let these cowards win and we will never be cowed by terrorism".
Less than two weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults at a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England.