In a Sunday tweet, President Donald Trump on Sunday called for an end to political correctness in order to provide security in the wake of the third terrorist attack in the UK in as many months. At approximately 10 pm local time in London on Saturday, three Muslim terrorists drove a van at a high rate of speed on London Bridge, mowing down pedestrians. They then descended from the van to to stab and slash their victims. According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, seven persons have died and 11 are hospitalized, some have grievous life-threatening wounds. In his tweet, Trump wrote: "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse." Trump continued, "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'"

The president was referring to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim to lead a major Western capital. Khan had said on the night of the attacks that the public should not be alarmed to see a more police than normal on London’s streets following the incident. Trump has offered America’s help to Britain while promoting the travel ban that has so far been stymied by federal courts. “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!" Trump wrote on Saturday.

Trump offered condolences to May via telephone and offered Washington's "full support" in investigating and bringing the perpetrators to justice, the White House said in a statement.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement late Saturday saying "At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific, credible terror threat in the United States." The State Department condemned "the cowardly attacks targeting innocent civilians" in a statement. Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in the statement, "All Americans stand in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom." Trump was briefed on Saturday about the London Bridge incident by his national security team, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer.

The State Department is monitoring the situation while advising Americans in the UK to heed the local authorities and maintain their security awareness. In the US, officials say they are not aware of any specific threats to the homeland. "There is no credible threat or nexus to LA," the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted. "We ask Angelenos to stay vigilant." The New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau tweeted that critical response teams have been deployed to heavily traveled pedestrian areas. "Go about your Sat. night, NYPD cops are protecting you" the department's official account tweeted.

Prime Minister May appeared on the steps of 10 Downing Street on Sunday to condemn the attack, saying “enough is enough.” She said that, while the three attacks in three months are not directly connected to each other, they are linked by the “the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism.” Islamist extremism is a “perversion of Islam,” she said, that seeks to sow division in the UK. She said that her country now faces a “new trend in the threat we face,” while warning that “things have to change.” She said that there is “far too much tolerance” of extremism and vowed to bolster “pluralistic British values” that she said are “superior” to the Islamists’ ideology. She said, “We will take on and defeat our enemies.” In the wake of the attack, police have arrested 12 persons in the Barking area of East London at the apartment complex to which one of the dead assailants has been traced. Police shot and killed three terrorists within 8 minutes of receiving word of the attack.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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