President Donald Trump is reaching out to the UK with open arms and a willingness to do what it takes to put an end to terror attacks. The POTUS sent a firm message highlighting his hard stance on terrorism late in the week with a comforting words of support.
“Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there,” Trump tweeted. “WE ARE WITH YOU! GOD BLESS!”
The U.S. maintains close ties with Britain, and more specifically, England, especially in the post-Brexit fallout. Many people hold up Trump as the reason for the UK’s hardening stance on immigration and newly refreshed commitment to ending terror.
Three individual terror attacks within a short period of time have put the world on edge. The first, a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in London, killed 22 people and injured another 59, many of which were young teens and children. In the second, attackers driving a van crashed into a crowd on London Bridge, killing six people. A third stabbing event connected to the van crash saw three of the original perpetrators run to a nearby market, where they then stabbed and killed seven.
Trump followed up the tweet with comments about his denied attempts at a travel ban excluding people from Muslim-majority countries from entrance into the USA. The POTUS cites recent terror attacks in the UK as proof that officials should have supported and upheld the ban in the first place, warning about the potential for such attacks on American soil. Trump is currently challenging the denied travel ban through the Supreme Court, and hopes to restore the restrictions to prevent terrorists from gaining entry to America in the first place.
“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!”
Trump’s own Secretary of State, Sean Spicer, quickly pointed out that this was an erroneous message and technically untrue.
“It’s not a travel ban,” he explained in a briefing. “When we use words like travel ban, that misrepresents what it is.”
Trump fired back over social media, refusing to back down.
“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
Not one to mince words, even when they come from someone who supports him, Trump further clarified his thoughts on the “travel ban.”
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C. The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court — & seek much tougher version!”
Trump also criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for a weak response to the terror attacks, asserting that he was too politically correct in the moments following the tragic events. The criticism was in response to Khan’s assertion that people in Britain had “no reason to be alarmed” by increased police presence around the city.