Trump's Call After London Attack: Get 'Proactive & Nasty!'

Attacks shows need for tough travel ban, he says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2017 7:41 AM CDT
After London Attack, Trump Rails Against 'Loser Terrorists'
President Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept. 7.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rarely reticent after overseas incidents, President Trump spoke up early Friday after news streamed across the pond of a rush-hour explosion in the London Underground that injured at least 18 people. He railed on Twitter against the "loser terrorists," calling those responsible "sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard." (The Telegraph notes Scotland Yard hasn't yet indicated that's actually the case; Politico says it's "unclear" what info Trump used to make that assessment.) Trump also suggested we must deal with any such terrorists "in a much tougher manner," including cutting off "their main recruitment tool": the internet. The Independent reports it's not the first time Trump has mentioned internet restrictions, noting he said in late 2015 he wanted to "see Bill Gates" about "closing it up."

Trump's tweets next segued into a call to make the US travel ban "far larger, tougher and more specific," though he lamented that "stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" And finally, a dig against his predecessor: "We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years. Must be proactive & nasty!" Shortly after his terrorist-themed tweets, Trump moved on to a new topic: the controversy over ESPN host Jemele Hill (though he didn't mention her by name), who earlier this week called him a "white supremacist." "ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!" he tweeted. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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