President Donald Trump appeared to weigh-in on the situation in London Saturday evening as police responded to several attacks now being called “terrorist incidents”
Witnesses report a van struck pedestrians at London Bridge, and there was a stabbing reported a short distance away. There were also reports of a third incident in the area, but that other stabbing was later confirmed to be unrelated to the two attacks.
President Trump tweeted at 5:17 p.m. MDT that “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!”
Minutes later he followed that statement up with a second tweet offering support for London: “Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there – WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!”
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident in London is being treated as a “potential act of terrorism.” London Metropolitan Police later said the incidents at London Bridge and Borough Market have been declared “terrorist incidents”. They also confirmed a third stabbing reported at Vauxhall was not connected to the two “terrorist incidents.”
CNN reports President Trump has been briefed by a national security team after the incident.