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Amber Rudd Dismisses Donald Trump's Parsons Green Tweet As 'Pure Speculation'

She's having none of it.

17/09/2017 15:02 BST | Updated 17/09/2017 22:22 BST

Amber Rudd has dismissed Donald Trump’s tweets on Parsons Green as “pure speculation”.

A range of UK politicians have called on the tweet-happy US president to step away from the keyboard following his claims the bomber “was in the sights of Scotland Yard”.

But the home secretary told Andrew Marr it was “pure speculation”, adding: “It’s never helpful to have speculation about an ongoing operation and I would include the president of the United States in that comment.”

When asked if she thought Trump should rein in the tweeting, she said: “I don’t think I’d be the first person to say that, would I? We don’t want any speculation on an ongoing operation.”

Rudd did, however, suggest that Trump’s speculation was not on the same scale as an intelligence leak which took place after the Manchester bombing.

She said: “Our particular complaint was an outrageous leak of material following the Manchester inquiry. That was shut down, it didn’t happen again.”

Theresa May also slammed Trump’s comments about the ongoing investigation as not “helpful”, adding police and security services were still working to discover the “full circumstances” of the “cowardly attack”.  

Meanwhile London mayor Sadiq Khan simply said he was “not going to go there” on Trump’s words.

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Donald Trump claimed the Parsons Green bomber was known to Scotland Yard

When asked by LBC host James O’Brien about the comments, the Mayor of London said: “I’ve simply been too busy this morning to look at my Twitter.

“I’m absolutely not going to go there James, my priority is making sure that we do what we can to keep Londoners safe.

“Our priority today is catching the individual or individuals responsible, and the police and security services, and all of us are doing our bit to make sure that happens.”