An “end the PC culture and pass my travel ban already” was tweeted by President Trump in the wake of the latest terrorist attack in London.
Implied in his response is the question: “How many terrorist incidents have to happen before we stop allowing terrorist free entry to the US?”
The mayor of London, a Muslim, has been downplaying the fact that all the recent attacks have been perpetrated by radical Muslims, with reported ties to ISIS.
But Trump showed how serious he is about ending the PC culture by fast tracking a review of the travel ban by the Supreme Court.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday urged the world to stop being “politically correct” in order to ensure security, after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians and stabbed revelers in London, killing seven.
At least 48 people were injured in the attack, the third to hit Britain in less than three months and occurring days ahead of a snap parliamentary election on Thursday.
“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.”
He continued: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!'”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan — elected last year and the first Muslim to head a major Western capital — had earlier said Britons should not be alarmed to see a higher police presence on the streets of London following the incident.
Earlier, Trump offered U.S. help to Britain and promoted his controversial travel ban as an extra level of security for Americans.
“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 also spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer condolences and offered Washington’s “full support” in investigating and bringing the perpetrators to justice, the White House said in a statement.
Senior British ministers last month criticized the United States over intelligence leaks relating to a bombing at a pop concert in the northern English city of Manchester which killed 22, some of them children.
May’s office on Sunday issued a statement saying it was working with Khan after the attack in London.
“The Prime Minister and Mayor of London are working together in response to this cowardly attack,” the statement said. “The advice to the public is to remain vigilant but carry on with their lives.”
In another tweet on Saturday, Trump said, “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!”
USA Today reported:
Trump said: “The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered-down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!”
He did not specify what a “tougher version” might entail.
Trump’s use of the term “ban” is in contrast to other administration officials who have said the White House is seeking travel restrictions rather than a blanket ban, which would be more vulnerable to legal challenge.
In another tweet, Trump said the updated version of his initial travel order is “politically correct,” which will be fodder for the ban’s critics who have argued that Trump’s real target all along had been Muslims who want to enter the United States.
One of the attorneys involved in a lawsuit against the travel order, Neal Katyal, indicated he would use Trump’s tweets against him in arguments before the Supreme Court. In a tweet of his own, Katyal it is “kinda odd” to have Trump “acting as our co-counsel. We don’t need the help but will take it!”
In another message, Trump took a swipe at the courts and said the U.S. needs to a better job of screening people coming into the country because of concern about terrorism: “In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”
There have been two versions of the travel order. After courts struck down an initial version, aides removed Iraq from the list and made other changes that Trump criticized during the Monday tweet storm.
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” Trump said.