President Donald Trump has called British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer the United States’ ‘full support’ in its investigation of the attacks today outside parliament.
‘We obviously condemn today’s attack in Westminster,’ White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at his daily news conference.
‘We applaud the quick response that the British police and their first responders made to the situation and the victims in this are in our thoughts and our prayers.’
The president was 30 minutes late for the event, mentioning to reporters when he came in the briefing delayed him.
‘I’m sorry we’re just getting an update on London,’ he said, noting that there was some ‘big news’ happening there.
Several hours later, Spicer informed press at his daily briefing that Trump had been in touch with May. ‘The city of London and her majesty’s government have the full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those to justice that are responsible.’
Four dead including police officer and in London Terrorist attack
An alleged terrorist tried to force his way past a security check-point at the front of the Houses of Parliament this afternoon, it is claimed.
Wielding a knife, he then reportedly stabbed a police officer – before being shot by armed police outside the Palace of Westminster.
The shooting came after a 4×4 car mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge and mowed down at least 10 pedestrians and cyclists. The man drove a year-old Hyundai i40 – worth up to £28,000 and registered in the affluent Essex city of Chelmsford – down Westminster Bridge at ‘high speed’ today.
Three people – including the brave officer – have died following the related incidents, police said in a statement this evening.
“Four people have died. That includes the police officer who was protecting parliament and one man we believe to be the attacker who was shot by a police firearms officer,” Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer Mark Rowley told reporters.
The suspect, who is yet to be named, has also passed away. At least 20 others have been injured – with some suffering from “catastrophic” wounds.
Transport for London, the local transportation system, also said passengers should expect delays with the closure of Westminister station and bus service diverted from the area. Met Police echoed that road closures are in place as the police investigation continues.
Prime Minister Theresa May, who was ushered away from Parliament after the attack, will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a press statement that it is “in close contact with our British counterparts to monitor the tragic events and to support the ongoing investigation. At this time our domestic security posture remains unchanged.”