Trump sons defend his criticism of London mayor

Raquel Nash
June 7, 2017

Theresa May has directly condemned US President Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan as "wrong".

In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America", Donald Trump Jr. said London's Mayor Sadiq Khan "should do something to fix the problem rather than just sit there and pretend there isn't one". "MSM [mainstream media] working hard to sell it!"

The US Conference of Mayors, which represents leaders of more than 1,400 cities, said it stood "united with Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and the people of London" following the attack.

A spokesman for the London mayor derided Trump's statement as an "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".

According to The Hill, Khan doesn't fancy welcoming Donald Trump to England when he spewed such vitriol immediately following the London Bridge terrorist attack.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Khan's predecessor as London mayor, also backed Khan but told the BBC he thought Trump should still visit Britain.

In the hours after the attack, US President Mr Trump tweeted to his 31.6 million followers using it as a reason to push his travel ban on visitors and refugees from six mainly Muslim countries; offer support to London; call for the end of "political correctness"; bring guns into the debate and finally to twist Mr Khan's words and to criticise him.

Almost two million people signed an online petition seeking to stop Trump making a state visit after he was invited during Prime Minister Theresa May's trip to the USA in January. While addressing a multi-cultural audience, Khan said London would never be "broken by terrorism" and that terrorism would be defeated.

Trump's latest missive at Khan was part of several Monday morning tweets from the president.

Asked what it would take for her to publicly criticize the US President, May suggested that she "was not afraid" to speak out when Trump "gets things wrong".

As reported in the Guardian, Khan appeared on Channel 4 News last evening, and said that Trump's state visit should not go ahead. We have a special relationship and we should work closely with the Americans. "Why would you want to stop them coming?"

After Trump's first attack on Khan, the acting United States ambassador to the UK, Lewis Lukens, notably singled out the London Mayor for praise.

Khan is London's first Muslim mayor. All three assailants were neutralized by Metropolitan Police, but the attack left seven dead and 48 wounded, ABC News reports.

"I think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else - he's doing a good job", May told reporters after a general election campaign speech.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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