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Speculation not helpful, British PM May tells Trump after attack tweet

Speculation not helpful, British PM May tells Trump after attack tweet

British Prime Minister Theresa May rebuked President Trump's Twitter rant during a London terror attack that sent more than 20 people to the hospital Friday morning. Trump's words came hours after his Friday morning tweet, which called the explosion another attack "by a loser terrorist".

Later Friday, Trump said he had been briefed on the London terrorist attack, and he later spoke with May by phone.

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

The version of the ban permitted by the Supreme Court is Trump's second pass at the policy, which originally banned residents of seven Muslim-majority countries.

May said those comments were irresponsible as police still comb for clues.

Trump used the terrorist attack to revive his push for a travel ban for people from predominantly Muslim countries, an effort that has been hampered by USA courts.

But perhaps his most freaky response came in this television interview aired from outside the White House.

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"The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!" he added, also giving no details.

He said: "The last thing I'd like to say about the investigation is that during the course of the day there has been some uninformed speculation on social media and from journalists and I would like to emphasise that is unhelpful as we try to pursue this fast-moving investigation".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference: "The United States strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack in London today that targeting innocent civilians during their commute on the subway".

At an event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Trump said he offered prayers for London and said "radical Islamic terrorism it will be eradicated, believe me".

Trump's tweet seemed to envision such a "larger, tougher" ban, though he also said the measure needed to be "more specific" - which might indicate the White House is not inclined to bar people merely due to their nationality.

After Trump asserted that his administration has done more to fight ISIS than former President Barack Obama's administration had in eight years, CNN's Jake Tapper was quick to point out that ISIS, in its current form, did not exist eight years ago.

Trump concluded, "Must be proactive & nasty!"