Theresa May Chides Trump For Hasty Response To London Tube Attack

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President Donald Trump arriving at the White House on Thursday. AP

British Prime Minister Theresa May says speculation about the London subway bomb is unhelpful, after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that London police missed an opportunity to prevent it.

Mark Rowley, assistant police commissioner for London's Metropolitan Police, commonly referred to as Scotland Yard, said the public would see a heightened police presence at transport hubs and urged anyone with images of the incident, or knowledge of the attack, to contact authorities.

Minutes later, the USA president followed with two more tweets, commenting on the fight against terrorism and his administration's efforts to do so.

"I've simply been too busy this morning to look at Twitter", Khan said when asked about Trump's tweets in an interview aired on a British radio station.

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The president has repeatedly criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the British capital's first Muslim leader.

Prime Minister Theresa May said after the attack that the country's Joint Terrorism Analysis Center made a decision to raise the country's threat level to critical, meaning that a further attack may be imminent.

So far this year the United Kingdom has had a series of unprecedented terror attacks in Westminster, London Bridge, Borough Market, Manchester and Finsbury Park.

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"This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses", she said.

Police said the incident could have been much worse, had the man-made explosion device worked to its full potential. "As London has proven again and again, we will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism", he said. "We have to be tougher and we have to be smarter".

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