Social media users picked holes in U.S. President Donald Trump’s London Bridge attack tweets, Trump tweeted unconfirmed information about the terrorist attack to support his Muslim travel ban decision,
The President re-tweeted a Drudge Report headline about the terrorist incident.
“Fears of new terror attack after van ‘mows down 20 people’ on London Bridge…” the headline read, which he re-tweeted on his personal account on Twitter.
NBC, on the other hand, took to Twitter to make a plea, asking people not to rely on the President’s tweet as it contains unconfirmed issues.
“Pres[ident] Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident. We aren’t relaying president’s retweet, as the info is unconfirmed.”
Within 20 minutes, Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted: “National Security team has briefed @POTUS on situation at #LondonBridge and will continue to provide updates.”
Later, the U.S. President took 40 minutes to send the following message.
“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 his Tweet, Trump hinted at the controversial executive decision that bans immigrants as well as visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. The ban order, however, was rejected by the federal court.
On Saturday evening around 10 pm, a group of men in a white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge. Then the terrorist embarked the van and kept on stabbing people near a popular pub beside Borough Market. Police intervened and shot three suspects.
Political point scoring is not needed now
The fact that Trump referred to his controversial Muslim travel ban in the aftermath of the terrorist attack made him seem like he was downplaying it. Human rights lawyers and experts were outraged by the tweets and Trump’s poor attempts to justify the so-called racial decision.
John Horgan, a terrorism and political violence expert at Georgia State University, branded the President an “Opportunist-in-Chief”. On the other hand, Adam Wagner, a human rights barrister, said: “Message from London: political point scoring is the absolute, LAST thing we need right now.”