Donald Trump offers help on London attacks, touts need for travel ban

Trump's appeal for his travel ban followed his emergency request that the Supreme Court reinstate the executive order that would bar people entering the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries.

By: Reuters | Washington | Updated: June 4, 2017 6:22 am
london attacks, london bridge attack, donald trump, trump travel ban, world news, indian express news London attack: Police officers cross Southwark Bridge after an incident near London Bridge in London. (Source: Reuters)

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter amid the unfolding deadly drama in London on Saturday to offer US help to Britain and to promote his controversial travel ban as an extra level of security for Americans.

British police rushed to two incidents in central London after a van plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge and reports emerged of multiple stabbings in the nearby Borough Market area. Police said the attacks had been declared terrorist incidents.

“Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the UK, we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!” Trump said in one of two tweets. “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” he said in the other.

Trump’s appeal for his travel ban followed his emergency request that the Supreme Court reinstate the executive order that would bar people entering the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. It has been blocked by lower courts.

Trump was briefed earlier about the London Bridge incident by his national security team, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who said on Twitter that security officials would continue providing the president with updates.

The State Department also said it was monitoring the situation in London closely, and advised American citizens in Britain to heed the advice of local authorities and maintain their security awareness.

The president says the travel ban, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, is needed to protect Americans from terrorist attacks. Critics say his reasoning is flawed and assail the ban as discriminatory.

On Thursday, his legal team asked the high court to allow the March 6 executive order to take effect immediately despite being blocked by lower courts. The Supreme Court rarely grants emergency requests.

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    Devendra Shishodiya
    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm
    Travel ban is real answer. UN need to resolve to re-settle all Islamic believers from all 199 Countries to their holy land Saudia. Islamic believers are not fit to live in multi-culture world hence they must go to their holy land Saudia. Untill you re-settle them all, neither they will live in peace nor you will see peace. They love bombs and terror.
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      indian man
      Jun 4, 2017 at 11:31 am
      Banning of Islam is not the solution. Real culprit is Quran. After reading Quran, a normal person becomes terrorist. So World must ban Quran. All terrorists problems will be solved.
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        l s
        Jun 4, 2017 at 10:16 am
        tia, accept the fact that all muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are muslims. Right? Do not talk through your nose. Not only India, but the w world is coming to know the real terrorists are from a single community and the birth place of terrorism is stan.
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          chitta
          Jun 4, 2017 at 9:46 am
          Ramazan is a Holy month and biggest festival of India. Just pray to Allah for peace and prosperity.
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            chitta
            Jun 4, 2017 at 9:36 am
            Terrorist does not belong to any religion. They can be Hindu, christian or other. So stop blaming Islam and Muslims.
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              James
              Jun 4, 2017 at 11:22 am
              But in this case it is Muslims who deserve the Oscar. I will urge civilized world to come together and nuke all Islamic countries. They deserve it . Does your Allah teach this that you kill innocent people and u will go to heaven. Then your faith is questionable.
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                chitta
                Jun 4, 2017 at 11:35 am
                Do you think that nuking all Islamic country you will act as saint. You yourself talking like a terrorist and acting as saint.
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