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Trump vows to protect US in wake of London Bridge attack

President Trump spoke Sunday during a gala at Ford's Theatre in Washington

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President Trump spoke Sunday during a gala at Ford's Theatre in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Sunday he will do whatever is necessary to protect the United States from a ‘‘vile enemy’’ that he says has waged war on innocents for too long, vowing: ‘‘This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end.’’

Trump commented on the vehicle and knife attack that killed at least seven people in London at the conclusion of a fund-raiser for Ford’s Theatre, scene of one of the most famous acts of bloodshed in American history: the assassination of President Lincoln.

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‘‘America sends our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that ha swaged war on innocent life, and it’s gone on too long,’’ Trump said in his first public comments on the attack late Saturday in a busy section of London. He previously had commented via a series of Twitter posts.

‘‘This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end,’’ said the tuxedo-clad Trump, standing on stage with his wife, first lady Melania Trump.

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‘‘As president, I will do what is necessary to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores and work every single day to protect the safety and security of our country, our communities and our people,’’ he said.

Trump said he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May to express America’s ‘‘unwavering support’’ and offer US assistance as the British government works to protect its citizens and bring the guilty to justice.

After more than 20 people were killed in a bomb attack last month at a concert in Manchester, England, Trump condemned the assault as the act of ‘‘evil losers’’ and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism.

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