Trump's London terror tweet was 'pure speculation', says Rudd
Politics Trump's London terror tweet was 'pure speculation', says Rudd
UK home secretary rebukes president over claim that terrorist who left a bomb on the underground was known to Scotland Yard
Donald Trumpâs immediate suggestion that the terrorist who left a bomb on the London Underground on Friday was in Scotland Yardâs sights was unhelpful and âpure speculationâ, according to Britainâs home secretary.
âIt is never helpful t o have speculation about an ongoing operation and I would include the president of the United States in that comment,â said Amber Rudd, who said the tweet was not based on intelligence.
âIt is pure speculation,â she told BBC1âs The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.
Asked if her message to the US president was âDonald, just put your phone down and stop tweetingâ, the home secretary said: âI donât think Iâd be the first person to say that, would I? We donât want any speculation on an ongoing operation.â
Her comments came after Trump caused anger in London with his tweet, sent soon after the incident.
He also used the attack to promote his controversial policy to ban people coming to the US fr om six Muslim-majority countries.
Ruddâs intervention followed a rebuke from the prime minister, Theresa May, who said it was never helpful for anyone to speculate on an ongoing investigation.
Rudd went further by naming the US president as she set out the latest developments following the attack. She said there was no evidence as yet to link it to Islamic State.
She suggested that Trumpâs intervention was different to the US intelligence leaks to the media after the Manchester bombing, which caused anger within the government.
âOur particular complaint was an outrageous leak of material following the Manchester inquiry. That was shut down, it didnât happen again,â she said, adding that the relationship with the US security services was very important to the UK.
Rudd said a key focus was to ensure that there was less material available to radicalise young people.
She accepted there had been a cut of 24,000 in police numbers during the previous Conservative government, but said that crime had fallen during that period.
She said she used every meeting of the governmentâs emergency Cobra committee, including one she chaired this weekend, to ask police leaders if they had adequate resources. âThey say they have,â she said.Topics
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