President Donald Trump responded to the reports of multiple violent incidents in London by retweeting unconfirmed information from the Drudge Report, before touting the need for his travel ban. The ban has been blocked by multiple courts, though Trump is hoping it will be heard by the Supreme Court.
Soon after news surfaced Saturday that a van had reportedly plowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, Trump retweeted an unsubstantiated claim from the Drudge Report, which attributed a number of victims that had not yet been confirmed by police.
Soon after the Drudge retweet, the president himself tweeted, "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!"
Only after he took the moment to tout his thwarted travel ban did he offer a diplomatic response to the incident, tweeting, "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 would later release a statement saying the incidents were being treated as a "potential act of terrorism."