Trump Reacts to London Terror Attack in Series of Strong Tweets

September 15, 2017 Updated: September 15, 2017

President Donald Trump denounced the terrorist attack on a London commuter train on Friday, Sept. 15, in a series of Twitter posts.

An explosion hit a packed rush-hour train at 8:20 a.m. local time at Parsons Green underground station in West London. Passengers were sent to the hospital with burn wounds and other injuries suffered in a stampede to escape the scene, according to witnesses.

A total of 18 people were taken away for medical treatment, none with serious injuries.

Trump urged more proactive steps, such as better policing of internet use by terrorist groups.

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump posted to Twitter.

“Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner. The internet is their main recruitment tool which we must cut off & use better!”

He added to his original tweet: “The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”

Trump also pointed out the success his administration has had so far fighting ISIS. “We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama Administration has made in 8 years. Must be proactive & nasty!”

Pictures taken at the scene showed a white bucket in flames containing a freezer bag on the floor of one train carriage. It appeared that there were wires coming out of the top of the bucket.

Photos of the exploding bucket taken by Twitter user 'Rigs.', Rigs wrote:
Photos of the exploding bucket taken by Twitter user ‘Rigs.’, Rigs wrote: “Fireball flew down carriage and we just jumped out open door.” (Twitter/Rigs via Storyful)

In a presidential address at the end of August on the war in Afghanistan, Trump explained that he would be expanding the authority of U.S. armed forces to target terrorists and criminal networks in Afghanistan.

“Our troops will fight to win. We will fight to win. From now on, victory will have a clear definition: attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al-Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge,” he said.