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Travel ban should be 'far larger, tougher and more specific'

16 September 2017, 01:16 | Darnell Patrick

Travel ban should be 'far larger, tougher and more specific'

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the White House Thursday Sept. 14 2017 in Washington

The US President used the terror attack in Parsons Green to call for a "far larger, tougher" travel ban in the US. "But it seems to me equally possible that he is speculating, and is referring to Scotland Yard's general concern about radicalized individuals rather than the specific attacker in question", Joshi said.

The Supreme Court granted Tuesday a Trump administration request to continue to bar most refugees under its travel ban. "Must be proactive!" he first tweeted in response.

Scotland Yard declined to comment on Trump's tweets.

Donald Trump, the former reality television star now best-known as the president of the United States, offered his unsolicited perspective (on Twitter, naturally, his preferred medium), echoing numerous points he has made in the wake of previous attacks-and even as far back as during his presidential campaign almost two years ago: "Another attack in London by a loser terrorist".

Meanwhile, the U.S. president on Friday claimed his administration had "made more progress in the last nine months" against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group than his predecessor, Barack Obama. Speaking with CNN, a police spokesperson called Trump's comments "pure speculation", adding that "any speculation is unhelpful".

Trump, addressing reporters briefly on camera, called the attack "an absolutely awful thing".

"Another attack in London by a loser terrorist". "It keeps going and going, and we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough-perhaps we're not almost tough enough".

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement that his city will not be defeated by terrorists. He argues that political correctness is holding it back from being as large and sweeping as is needed to protect the United States from these kinds of attacks.

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The ban ignited much controversy, prompting Trump to tone down the language in a redraft of the order.

The travel ban bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

Trump's tweet seemed to envision such a "larger, tougher" ban, though he also said the measure needed to be "more specific" - which might indicate the White House is not inclined to bar people merely due to their nationality. "Or was he saying in this specific incident, Scotland Yard knew potentially this was coming?" the reporter asked.

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