Trump accuses London Mayor Khan of 'pathetic excuse' over attack statement

Lucy Hill
June 6, 2017

The mayor had instead been telling London residents not to be concerned by a stepped-up police presence in the city following the attack.

This had been followed by Mr Trump firing off an incendiary barrage of tweets attacking Mr Khan for his plea for calm - and promoting his contentious travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

Unfortunately, that turned out to be an all-too-brief exception to the boorishness with which the president continues to undermine every conceivable goal other than reinforcing division and prejudice.

In a series of early morning tweets, Trump urged the Justice Department to ask for an "expedited hearing" at the high court and seek a "much tougher version" of the order temporarily blocking entry to the US from a half-dozen majority Muslim countries.

Meanwhile, even as Trump vows to be tough on terrorism, Politico noted, he has yet to nominate anyone to such key security and diplomatic posts as Transportation Security Administration chief, assistant attorney general for national security, ambassador to Britain, and Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Khan said Monday the United Kingdom should cancel Trump's offciail state visit after his critical comments.

Appearing on Channel 4 News, Mr Khan said Mr Trump was wrong about "many things" and that his state visit should not go ahead.

Trump had tweeted, "At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"

In response, a spokesman for Mr Khan said: 'The mayor is focused on dealing with Saturday's horrific and cowardly attack and working with the police, the emergency services and the Government to keep London safe'.

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Trump blasted Khan over his remarks in a series of idiotic tweets early Sunday morning.

"There's no reason to be alarmed", he says.

That evening, Trump took to social media to blast Khan for his response to the attack.

It came after Khan was accused of giving "pathetic" excuses in an extraordinary broadside from US President Donald Trump.

A day after bombings in NY and New Jersey, Khan tells The London Standard that attacks are "part and parcel" of life in major cities.

"I've been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours", he says.

Asked if Trump was wrong to make the comments, British Prime Minister Theresa May said at a news conference Monday that "Sadiq Khan is doing a good job and it's wrong to say anything else - he's doing a good job".

Trump's comments caused outrage among British officials, many of whom call London home.

"But today US President renewed hostilities, accusing Khan of making a "pathetic excuse" and broadened his attack to include the press, claiming the "[mainstream media] is working hard to sell it!"

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