Police are currently responding to three major incidents in London. Although nothing has been confirmed, that isn’t stopping President Trump from tweeting.
As of this writing, there are multiple casualties as the result of a van driving into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge, reports of multiple stabbings in Borough Market, and another violent incident in Vauxhall. Police have characterized the incident on London Bridge as a terrorist attack, though no groups have taken responsibility for the attack as of this writing. Police are advising everyone, including journalists, to stay away from the affected areas. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly being briefed on the events, as well as President Trump, according to Reuters.
Despite the unknown origin of the incidents, or whether or not they were part of a coordinated attack organized by a terror group, Trump nonetheless retweeted a tweet from the right-wing Drudge Report claiming that 20 pedestrians had been hit by the van on London Bridge in a terrorist attack.
Following his retweet of the unconfirmed information tweeted out by Drudge, Trump then used the violence in London to push for his Muslim travel ban that was previously struck down by a panel of federal judges, despite no confirmation that the incidents were organized by terrorists, or that the perpetrators were from one of the seven predominantly Muslim countries included in Trump’s travel ban:
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
Even NBC Nightly News acknowledged in a tweet that Trump had shared a news report about the London incident, but the company refused to relay the tweet, as there was no confirmation that the information in the original Drudge tweet was factual or not:
Pres. Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident.
We aren't relaying president's retweet, as the info is unconfirmed.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 3, 2017
The Guardian is proving live updates on the London violence. Click here to follow their coverage.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.