DC Daily: Trump pushes for 'tougher' travel ban in tweets on London explosion

DC Daily: Trump pushes for 'tougher' travel ban in tweets on London explosion
Posted at 8:03 AM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-15 11:03:55-04

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Trump pushes "tougher" travel ban in tweets on London explosion
-- After learning of an explosion in London that authorities are looking into as a terrorist act, President Trump took to Twitter to tout a "far larger, tougher and more specific …" travel ban.

The president said: "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!"

A short time later, Trump added: "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!"

Trump then brought in the topic of a travel ban in the U.S., saying: "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"

Finally, on the topic of terrorism and immigration, the president said: "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!"

Trump's order, which has been contested by many in the U.S., calls for a travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

The incident in London injured at least 22 people and is being investigated by local authorities as an act of terrorism.

Trump slams ESPN after anchor's controversial tweets
-- President Trump hit back at ESPN on Twitter Friday morning in an apparent reply to an anchor's recent tweets about him and the network's subsequent response to the statements.

SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill, during the course of a Twitter exchange earlier this week, called Trump a "bigot" and said, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."

After ESPN issued a statement distancing itself from Hill's comments, the ESPN anchor apologized for her tweets, which the network accepted.

Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Hill's tweets amounted to a "fireable offense."

On Friday morning, the president commented on the issue, saying: "ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!"

Trump again stands by Charlottesville statements
-- President Trump is still sticking by his comments that both sides were to blame for deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

He defended his earlier statements after meeting with Sen. Tim Scott, who is currently the only black Republican senator. Scott was invited to the White House on Wednesday to discuss Trump's Charlottesville response as well as issues impacting minority communities.

Trump said of his meeting with Scott: "We had a great talk yesterday. I think especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what's going on there. You have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also, and essentially that's what I said."

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CNN and Newsy contributed to this report