US condemns London attack, but no word from Trump

Usually quick to comment on extremist violence, Trump remains silent after Finsbury Park mosque attack
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19 June, 2017
The US government expressed sympathy with worshippers attacked while leaving a London mosque but the president himself so far has remained silent.
One person was left dead in the second terror attack this month in London [Getty]
The US government and Ivanka Trump on Monday expressed sympathy with worshippers attacked while leaving a London mosque but the president himself so far has remained silent.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued an official condemnation of the deadly assault but Donald Trump – often quick to comment on Twitter after extremist violence – kept his counsel.

"The United States strongly condemns last night's attack that appears to have targeted Muslim worshippers in London," Nauert said.

"We extend our sympathies to the families and community of the victims and our hopes for the quick recovery of those wounded."

Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka also reacted to the attack.

"Sending love and prayers to the victims in #FinsburyPark London. We must stand united against hatred and extremism in all it's ugly forms," she tweeted.

President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.

In London, a van ploughed into a crowd near a mosque early on Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in the second terror attack this month in the city.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the "sickening" incident, reaffirming Britain's determination to fight "terrorism, extremism and hatred."