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London Bridge attack

World leaders pledge unity and action after London Bridge attack

World leaders responded to Saturday night's deadly terrorist attacks in London with a flood of condolences and promises of fresh action to prevent future terrorism.

"In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain's side," said new French President Emmanuel Macron. "My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones." German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged, "Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination." And Russian President Vladimir Putin sent "his deepest condolences to Britons," condemning the attack and urging British Prime Minister Theresa May to join him in fighting terror with "a mutual response."

President Trump issued a similar initial response on Twitter Saturday evening. "Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U. K., we will be there," he said, adding, "WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" Sunday morning, however, he turned to more political topics of gun control and political correctness.