Donald Trump criticises mayor Sadiq Khan again over London terror attacks

Terrell Bush
June 7, 2017

"He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump's ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police - including armed officers - on the streets".

Khan says that London residents should expect to see an intensified police presence in the wake of the attacks.

Khan had told London's citizens that there was no cause for alarm about increased police presence in the city in the coming days following an attack on the London Bridge that killed at least seven people.

Trump also said the mainstream media was spinning the story on the mayor's behalf and implied Khan, one of the only Muslim mayors of a major Western city, had to come up with an explanation for his comments after the event.

"The point is there is a reason to be alarmed, we have constant attacks going on, not just there but around the globe and we have to start putting national security, global security at an all-time high", she said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she did not think it was fair to characterise Trump's tweets as "picking a fight" with Khan, who is the first Muslim elected as London mayor.

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it is wrong to say anything else", she said.

Prime Minister May, the Conservative Party leader, was asked earlier on Monday about Trump's criticism of Khan.

The acting USA ambassador to the UK, Lewis Lukens, meanwhile appeared to distance himself from Trump's initial tweet, writing on Sunday: "I commend the strong leadership of the mayor of London as he leads the city forward after this heinous attack". As the mayor of London, I want to send a clear message to the sick and evil extremists who commit these disgusting crimes: we will defeat you.

Trump, a day before, launched an attack on the London Mayor, while apparently misconstruing a statement made by him post the incident.

It was met with a barrage of criticism in both Britain and the United States, with former Vice President Al Gore among many public figures who accused Trump of misrepresenting what Khan had said.

May and Corbyn shared similar levels of trust and distrust, with 42 percent saying they trust May and 41 percent trusting Corbyn, while 46 percent said they don't trust the prime minister and 47 percent said the same about the Labour leader. After his election a year ago, Khan tweeted criticism of then-candidate Trump's rhetoric, saying that his "ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe".

Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city when he was elected in 2016, in October called Trump's campaign pledge to ban Muslims from entering the United States "ignorant". "We are not going to let Donald Trump divide our communities".

Asked if Mr Trump's official trip to Britain will go ahead, Mrs May said: "Yes".

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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