Trump renews criticism of London Mayor Khan over attack

Lucy Hill
June 7, 2017

Trump, in a series of tweets, lashed Khan's handling of the Saturday night terror attack, mocking the mayor for telling the public there was "no reason to be alarmed" over armed police on the streets. This was a total misrepresentation by Trump and so he was criticized for the tweet, but Monday morning he jumped back into the controversy: "Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who reacted fast on his 'no reason to be alarmed" statement. He spoke with Sadiq Khan yesterday on "Good Morning Britain" and positively grilled the London Mayor over his hypocrisy regarding both his spat with Trump and his recent decision to hots ambassadors from 11 countries that now ban Israeli travellers.

Khan never responded directly to Trump's tweets-his spokesperson explained that the mayor had "more important things to do".

Even prime minister Theresa May, whose Conservative government is now in an election battle with Khan's Labour, took the time on the campaign trail to give her backing to the mayor of London. "I don't think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the United States of America in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", said Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim Mayor of London.

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.

"He has risen above this crisis of death and destruction, as mayors continue to do, to alleviate fear, to bring comfort to his people of London and to give support to the first responders who continue to protect, defend and provide emergency care to his people of London", the statement said.

Tim Farron, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats, also has urged May to cancel the visit, saying Trump was insulting Britain's values "at a time of introspection and mourning."Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, defeated by Trump last November, praised Khan's performance in dealing with the attacks".

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

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Attacks at the London Bridge and Borough Market kill seven and injure nearly 50.

Khan emphasized that Trump's policies and behavior should not be sanctioned with a visit.

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.

Khan's remarks about not being alarmed referred to the heightened police presence in the city, not with the threat of terrorism itself.

More than 1.8 million people have signed an online petition saying Trump should not make the state visit as it "could cause embarrassment" to the monarch.

Khan hits back later when asked by Britain's Channel 4 News if he thought Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom should be called off.

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