Politics

Clinton Praises London Mayor, Subtly Slams Trump

| by Alex Scarr

Former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton gave a speech to a leadership organization in Baltimore, Maryland, saying that terror should not be politicized.

Clinton spoke in front of members of an organization that provides leadership to African Americans students, telling them that the world would benefit from "steady, determined leadership" in the face terror attacks, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Clinton also praised London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his leadership during the June 3 London Bridge terrorist attacks, in which three armed assailants drove a van into a crowd of people before leaping out to stab others.

"It's a time for steady, determined leadership, like we are seeing from local authorities in London, including the mayor of London," Clinton said at the fundraiser for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel. "This is not a time to lash out, to incite fear or to use tragedy and terror for political gain."

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During her speech, Clinton's first appearance in Baltimore since the election, she focused less on recent political events and more on the group itself -- named after Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland -- which focuses on strengthening the relationship between the African American and Jewish communities.

"It has never been more important for young Americans to see themselves as part of a global community," Clinton told a sold-out crowd at a local park. "This program's mission of spreading tolerance is more urgent than ever."

While Clinton did not mention U.S. President Donald Trump by name, he was often the assumed subject of her critiques about leadership.

"There are so many ways for us to reach out, bring people together, set some common goals and work toward achieving them, to help build that brighter future for generations to come and, yes, for building leaders by building bridges, not walls," she said.

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Clinton also emphasized the importance of relationships with world leaders, especially in times of crisis.

"And it’s important to remember how important our alliances are,” she continued. "It’s even more important that we work together with our allies and our friends and our partners. Yes, to keep us safe, but also to expand our understanding of what we can achieve together," she said, according to The Washington Times.

Trump was openly critical of Khan for his handling of the London attacks, particularly when Khan urged citizens to stay calm during the active threat.

"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is 'no reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted after the attacks.

Sources: The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times / Photo credit: Lorie Shaull/Flickr

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