Trump was right! Police arrested ‘bucket bomber’ two weeks earlier at same location and released him

President Donald Trump has an uncanny ability to make off-the-cuff remarks that later prove to be spot on, to the angst of his many critics.

The latest example of this involves the bombing on a London train Friday, when the president said on Twitter that “the loser terrorist” behind the attack had been “in the sights of Scotland Yard.”

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“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!” Trump tweeted.

Turns out, an 18-year-old man being held by police on suspicion of planting the bomb that injured 30 “was arrested two weeks ago at the exact same tube station where the device exploded but released,” the Daily Mail reported.

More from the British tabloid:

The teen – who is being held after police tracked him to the departures hall at the Port of Dover – is thought to have been a ‘problematic foster child’ who was raised in Sunbury-on-Thames by Penelope Jones, 71, and husband Ronald, 88.

Serena Barber, 47, who has known the couple all her life and lives in a property backing on to theirs, said: ‘They have two boys at the moment, both are foreign. One is very quiet and polite, the other who is 18 is awful.

‘I know about two weeks ago he was arrested by police at Parsons Green, for what I don’t know and returned back to Penny and Ron. After that Penny said she was going to have to stop caring for him, she couldn’t handle him.’


Trump’s tweet prompted a terse response from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who reportedly told the president she wasn’t happy with it, according to Bloomberg News.

May also expressed her displeasure in a television interview Friday, saying: “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation.”

The teen arrested may have had plans for additional attacks, as neighbors say police found explosives in the garden of the home owned by the Jones, which prompted 60 people to be evacuated from near the residence.

The elderly foster couple was honored by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 for the work with child refugees.


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