US President Donald Trump touted his proposed travel ban in response to several police operations in London, where at least six people were killed, and three suspects were shot dead.
“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,” Trump tweeted, before authorities in London could confirm full details of the incidents.
Minutes later, Trump sent another tweet:
“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 police responded to multiple violent incidents across London on Saturday evening, after witnesses reported a vehicle mowing down pedestrians on the London Bridge, as well as gunfire and stabbings at Borough Market.
The US Justice Department last week asked the Supreme Court to reinstate Trump’s executive order banning travel to the US from six majority-Muslim countries while it appeals a lower-court ruling that upheld a nationwide block on the ban last month.
The DOJ’s petition asks the high court’s nine-justice panel to rule on the legality of Trump’s order. In a May ruling halting the order, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals argued that the travel ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination,” citing in part Trump’s campaign-trail rhetoric that called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US.
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