British officials: Trump response to London terror attack 'unhelpful'

British officials: Trump response to London terror attack 'unhelpful'
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British officials are expressing frustration with President Trump's response to a terror attack in London on Friday, calling his comments "unhelpful."

Trump tweeted early Friday after an explosion at a London train station, claiming the "loser terrorist" behind the attack was "in the sights of Scotland Yard."


U.K. officials have not yet released information on the suspect or whether they were on law enforcement's radar.

Nick Timothy, a former chief of staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, said Trump's speculation is "unhelpful from a leader of our ally."

"True or not — and I'm sure he doesn't know — this is so unhelpful from leader of our ally and intelligence partner," Timothy tweeted.

A U.K. police spokesperson also characterized Trump's early morning tweets as "unhelpful."

"Pure speculation given we don’t know who is involved ... Any speculation is unhelpful," the spokesperson told CNN and BuzzFeed.

The explosion at a subway station in southwest London early Friday is being treated as a terrorist attack by local law enforcement.

Multiple injuries, including facial burns, were reported following an explosion in southwest London early Friday morning. The explosion happened about 8 a.m. local time at Parsons Green train station.

Trump fired off a series of Tweets using the attack to advocate for his executive order barring travel into the U.S. from Muslim-majority countries.

"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!" Trump continued in a subsequent tweet.

"The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"