Trump Tells US To Get Smart Before Things Get Worse As London Death Toll Rises
President Donald Trump warned Sunday morning that the situation will get worse if the U.S. does not wise up and take steps to improve domestic security.
Three terrorists attacked London Saturday night by plowing a van into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, rushing into a popular market area, and stabbing innocent civilians. Authorities shot and killed the three attackers, but not before they killed seven and wounded 48. An eyewitness told BBC reporters that the three attackers shouted “This is for Allah” as they stabbed people indiscriminately in Borough Market.
As the attacks unfolded, Trump was quick to call for courts to uphold the travel ban, a strategic plan to prevent terror-prone countries from exporting radical Islamic terrorism to the U.S.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
The president tweeted Sunday that the U.S. should move past political correctness and focus on security.
We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday to let the proposed travel ban take effect. While the Department of Justice argues that the travel ban is “lawful,” lower courts have repeatedly declared the restrictions unconstitutional. The president signed an executive order restricting travel for terror-prone countries one week after taking office, but a federal judge quickly blocked the move. The administration released a narrowed ban in March, but the courts also opposed that ban.
Those in opposition have often criticized the ban as a Muslim ban, although the order does not target Muslim populations in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and a number of other places. Instead, the proposed ban targets countries like Iran, Syria, and Somalia.
In response to the latest attacks in London, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said that “enough is a enough,” calling for people to eliminate extremism.
“There is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” she warned, further commenting that the extremists “are bound by a single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred and promotes sectarianism.”
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