CNN criticized President Donald Trump in a tweet early Tuesday morning, suggesting that he had jumped the gun in labeling an incident that took place near Parliament in London as “terrorism.”
President Donald Trump seizes on what he calls a “terrorist attack” in London, even though the incident is still in the early stages of investigation https://t.co/z2qEYHryeF pic.twitter.com/AatPX4wZsh
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 14, 2018
News broke early Tuesday morning that a man had driven a silver Ford Fiesta into pedestrian traffic, injuring several people. He was arrested immediately following the crash.
President Trump responded with a tweet, calling for toughness and strength in dealing with those who would make such attacks.
Another terrorist attack in London…These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
But what CNN did not mention is the fact that two hours before President Trump called the incident “terrorism” — and nearly four hours before the network’s tweet calling him out — the Associated Press had reported that the incident was considered by local law enforcement and investigators to be an act of terrorism.
The Latest: Police treat London crash as terrorist incident. https://t.co/AWOhztVFrG
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 14, 2018