Donald Trump has drawn criticism for using his Twitter account to share unconfirmed details of Saturday’s terror attack in London in an attempt to sway support for his plan for a Muslim travel ban in the US.

Using his personal Twitter account, which has over 31m followers, the president retweeted a report from right-wing news aggregator Drudge Report about possible casualty numbers at London Bridge.

“Fears of new terror attack after van ‘mows down 20 people’ on London Bridge…”

He then followed this up by calling for support for his travel ban, which has been twice by US federal judges for being unconstitutional and racist in nature.

“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!”

He has since gone on to complain about “political correctness”, criticised the response of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the face of terrorism, and tried to make a point about gun legislation.

Trump’s attempt to make political capital out of the suffering and fear of those in London draw swift condemnation online, where he was branded the “Opportunist in Chief”.

Previously, questions were raised about sharing intelligence with the Trump White House after the recent terror attack in Manchester after details and crime scene photographs were leaked to the US press while the investigation was ongoing.


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